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Old 07-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #31
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Could be, could be the battery too. But most likely is the other issues discussed. The charging system can be checked with a voltmeter.

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Old 07-19-2013, 04:35 AM   #32
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I've replaced battery as well. How hard and how long did it take to change out the switch?

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:44 AM   #33
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I can only repeat what I said last year - install the grounding straps before you tear apart your tranny. As an update, since doing this over a year ago I have had no return of the problem.
Thanks....I installed the ground cable and the failure to start seem to be gone.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:05 AM   #34
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I have replaced the Battery and starter and the failure to start still comes and go's, I get the click. I purchased the SNS from Napa but I am trying adding another ground cable from and negative Battery post to the Transmission housing, so far today my Wrangler starts first time every time. I will see if this has solved the start issue for the next week before trying to change the position switch in the Trans. From what I have read it looks like this requires draining the trans. fluid, removing the pan and valve body assembly to access the switch. I will post my results.
This issue has not returned, the Ground strap fixed my problems.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #35
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I can only repeat what I said last year - install the grounding straps before you tear apart your tranny. As an update, since doing this over a year ago I have had no return of the problem.
OK. I gotta try the ground straps.

-Starter problems (neutral works replaced starter first waste of $)
-Remote entry and remote start does not work (neither key)
-When I lock door and open with key the horn sounds (like the alarm)
-Airbag light stays on (dealer said its clock spring, Some 2008 recalled in 2011)

I read where the electrical system runs through the clock spring.

Did you have all the above issues?

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Old 03-16-2014, 05:10 PM   #36
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Sporadic starting

So my '08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited began starting only when it felt like it. One day it would start with no issues and then the next time I would go to fire him up and nothing! The dash would light up and everything seemed normal, until I turned the key...click and nothing. Wiggling the shifter lever was all it took to get my Jeep to fire up again. Obviously the sensor in the transmission is acting up, but at least I know it's nothing like a bad starter or ignition.

So if your jeep starts one time and not the next, wiggle the shifter or shift from park to neutral and back......bang! Your jeep will fire up.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:46 PM   #37
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I have the same exact problem. I have a 2008 jk unlimited. I go to start the car and all i get when trying to start it, is a click. It didn't start 7 times 3 days ago, so i take it to the dealership and it starts everytime. I took video of it happening. If you go to my twitter page you can see the video (www.twitter.com/reif44) . The dealership refuses to do anything since it hasn't happened in front of them. I go on a long drive in a week and i'm trying to fix the problem before I leave.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:17 AM   #38
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Not sure if this is an old thread as I just joined today. But here it goes. My mother's jeep has had this Jeep Flu. This thing has pretty much never been taken to a Jeep dealership and has been abused more then my 3.8L Buick when no one has been watching. It has about 101k miles on it. Her starter has not started for her before. She has had multiple jumps from a supposed dead battery... There has been only ONE time that this has happened to me. Just one time! And that was in my driveway and my DMM read below 9.0 Volts if I can recall correctly. So, we replaced the battery due to how often it has been drained down to nothing.

She brought it to me yesterday to change the starter... Well, apparently on her model her starter is covered by a heat shield that I can not get off with out cutting it off and I have almost no wiggle room under there, even after buying 6 inch ramps. The Transfer shaft to the Front wheels is in my way... I almost successfully removed it but the last bolt was unreachable with my massive disarray of tools meant for older vehicles. I noticed that one of the 3 bolts that holds the starter in place is missing. I did find a little rusty something in there that I am not able to retrieve at the moment.

I am going to my school today with the Jeep with a scan tool in hand to diagnose it.

I will post my findings when I get back.

History of the Jeep: Neglect, and abuse. Been in 3 vehicular accidents. 1 involving another vehicle, the other 2 involving pedestrians. That I know about.

Sorry, I do not know much about part names.

We have a starter already ready to replace the old one. (BANG! Shooting from the hip... Not my diagnosis.. although I did agree that it could possibly be the starter from wear and tear when it was used for about 4 months as a food delivery vehicle.

Every time the vehicle is taken to me I am unable to Verify the Concern. Except that one time the battery was Very low on charge.

I will test y'all's idea of try to start it in Neutral if it does miraculously not start for me when I drive it home today...

If that works I shall perform the new grounds method mentioned here. It does sound very believable.

I will be sure to write here the results of my technical research.

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