First post here but been a longtimer on Diesel forums elsewhere…Also, please note this is my personal experience and this not a flame you’re a@#$ thread.
The Story about my Jeep:
1989 Sahara Wrangler: No offense, only two things that my Jeep has done well in past two years of my ownership is break down every month (quite literally) followed by quick fix for few hundred $ only to run for very short amount of time then break my pocket, AGAIN. For your reading pleasure, here is the list of things I have had to replace/fix:
Bought at 167K miles currently at 172K miles
Trans-clutch replacement, engine rebuilt, entire interior (seat, carpet etc parts only I did the labor), used thorn bird tires, new winch (never got to use it, cause it never runs long enough to do so), SMOG repairs –over $1600 total in this repair alone(remember that it was running Jeep and passed smog when I bought it), new carb, new top, new exhaust system, tune up( spark plug distributor etc), new battery, new radiator, new tow straps/hooks etc ( for the day that I dream of taking it off roading). Finally tow light so that I can tow it from the road side every time it breaks down in my F 350. In total I can count about 11K(plus minus) invested excluding the Jeep buy price, in cash
. Not bad for some of us considering the age but still…I can rant for days, so let it be.
The good thing: zero rust and nobody damage, NorCal Jeep all it’s life.
Past is past, now for the present:
It was running fine until I stop for a quick bite on Sunday, then no start! It does not crank at all. The voltmeter read 10 volts, so I figured the new battery must have drained, well somehow. Tried jump starting, no show...
Tow the thing home.
No time, the Jeep remains parked in the lot.
No time, the Jeep remains the way it always remains, which is broke.
I removed the starter and got it tested at Pepboys and Autozone, runs like a champ. So, last weekend:
--> Got new Battery under warranty!!!!
--> Got the starter installed on another car at an automotive shop (just wire connected) and was able to verify that the starter is indeed working properly.
--> tore apart all the hose type covers around the wires leading to the starter from the battery. Was able to see that every wire was intact and is not cut or bruised.
--> Now, this leaves me in a sticky situation: that is checking all the grounds...Geez where do I start? The main ground wire bolted to the engine block seems pretty tight (I hope that is the main ground!).
Put it this way, I have no idea on how to trouble shoot electrical issues. And the alternative option of paying $108 an hour labor at mechanic’s here in NorCal isn’t attractive anymore. So, please help me fix it. It’s probably something very silly, like an old wire shorting somewhere but like anything new, I’m not sure where to start.