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Old 04-28-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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95 YJ wont start please help

I have a 95 YJ with 2.5. All it does is click, lights are dim. Replaced battery, battery cables (ground and hot cables). Just replaced starter and it started one time then I cut it off and she wont hit a lick again. I took jumper cables and hooked to the battery and jumped straight to the starter and it still would not turn the motor over. I took starter back off and carried back to store and they tested it again and said it worked fine. The positive battery cable heats up when I try to crank it. Any ideas would be helpful. Im getting a little agrivated now, its 85 degrees and I cant even drive my jeep. Thanks so much for any advice.

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Old 04-28-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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could be the spark plugs, distributor, fuel pump.. ?? just check everything..

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Old 04-28-2009, 05:08 PM   #3
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hot cables and dim lights are telling me there is too much resistance in circuit. Clean ground cable and ground point. or add an extra ground. also double check positive cable for tightness. trans has to be secure to engine and engine secure to frame and frame to body and body to battery. basically everything should be grounded to have everything working right.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
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Would putting an extra ground cable from the battery to the frame help, mabye. Could the alternator be messing up inside and causing it to short to ground.
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Sounds like you need to pick up a few of those cheap ground straps at the bigbox parts store.

One from battery neg, to the tub near the battery. one from the block to the frame, & one from the block to the alternator case (housing). Check the starter solenoid for tight enough terminals.

If that doesn't work, check for a burnt fusible link near the starter solenoid.

It's gotta be in the system somewhere.
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Would putting an extra ground cable from the battery to the frame help, mabye. Could the alternator be messing up inside and causing it to short to ground.
An easy way to diagnose where you need an extra ground is to hook up a jumper cable from negative side of battery and then hook other cable end to frame, battery, trans...etc. when the starter cranks normally thats where you need to add a cable. if no difference, attach positive side from battery to starter terminal. This test should help you diagnose and pretty much pinpoint your problem.

usually the problem with alternators is no charge or draw. if its not charging you can do a simple voltage test. voltage draw(parasitic draw) will be wierd cause they charge battery but become a draw when not in use. The diode triple which changes A/C to D/C will go bad and allowing battery voltage to back feed alternator causing the windings to become a heater. Draw will discharge battery overnight. so with engine cold the alternator should be same temp, if it feels hot its bad.
good luck
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:38 PM   #7
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Finally!!!!! I got mj jeep running. Thank you guys so much. Yall are awesome. I ended up putting a new ground wire straight from the battery and bolted it straight to the transmission. Then all my lights started working. By this time I have tryed to start it so many times it screwed up my ignition. So I went to the parts store and got me a push button and put it in the dash and wired it straight to the soliniod. She starts like a champ now. I want to thank you guys again for all the info.

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