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Old 04-23-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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starting issue

my 89 yj cranks over with no spark and will not start until i let off on the key, then it gets spark and starts. any thoughts ? i generally will let it turn over 3-4 times, then let off on the key and it fires right up. i have replaced the coil, distributor, condensor, ingnition block on the steering column.

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Old 04-23-2009, 06:02 PM   #2
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Im not sure if jeeps have them but alot of older vehicles (mopars) had ballast resistors. dad,s old plymouth had one and it did the same thing. its a ceramic block bolted to one of the inner fenders. I guess do a search for ballast resistor and see what comes up.

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hm, bad ground some place?
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:23 PM   #4
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i checked ground wires and even added extra grounds just for the heck of it, no luck. i also checked for resistors and my jeep did not come with one. when i turn the key to the run position, i hear a ticking sound coming from someplace under the hood.......may or may not be related.
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