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Old 01-18-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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My Booger Won't Start!

So here the jeep rests in a parking lot as has happened before. The deal is when I turn the key I have nothing? No clicking........I did replace the backside of the ignition switch. I swapped relays and checked fuses. Now if the jeep sits for a bit most likely over night it will start right up. The radio working, buzzer, lights, etc. Now what to do next? When it does return to operational status it is a long time before it will not start again......

Its a 2004 Wrangler Sport with a manual gearbox.

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Old 01-19-2011, 08:25 AM   #2
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Ok so as in typical fashion I left it over night and came back and it started right up......such a pain in the butt! Now it is sitting in the driveway so I can try to figure this annoyance out.

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Old 01-19-2011, 08:39 AM   #3
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Clutch Safety Switch ? Try keeping the key forward like your trying to start it and ease up on the clutch
My 97 has a way to bypass it, Unplug the harness by the switch, and you plug the harness into another plug.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:03 AM   #5
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I would clean both battery terminals as u may not be getting good ground or good fire. U have a very strange and annoying problem but a bad ground can come and go like yours is doing. Sound like you have all or nothing. If your jeep has a ignition switch relay I would replace the relay as it may be incontinent. If it has no relay I would put in a whole new switch. I don't know how they are set up. Never owned a jeep.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #6
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I think I will get another clutch pedal switch and replace that. The relays are almost all the same so I have swapped them around and still no help. There are a few other things but its narrowed down to starter solenoid or clutch pedal.......Grounds seem to be fine.
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Next time it won't start try taking a jumper cable from the negative battery post to the engine and the other from the same negative post to the frame. This should answer the sugestion that KSCRUDE is giving you about the groudd. I agree a bad ground will drive you nuts.
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I will add a ground from the battery to the body and clean up the others but this only happens when I leave the driveway and go out and about. Never in the driveway.
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:14 PM   #9
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Could be mad. I would stop calling it Booger.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:52 AM   #10
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Well better than snott-green!
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:38 PM   #11
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Well better than snott-green!
Fair enough dude! It's a really cool color by the way!
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That could be a sign of a bad starter solenoid - or a bad battery cable.
Next time it won't start, try jumpering from the small terminal on the solenoid to the large terminal. That puts power right on the solenoid just like the ignition switch should, but it bypasses all the switches and wiring.
(Be sure it's out of gear!)

If it cranks then, but won't crank from the ignition switch, then it's a switch or wiring problem - but you've already replaced the 2 switches - ignition and clutch switch.

If jumpering it like I said it still won't crank, put a voltmeter on the big terminal on the solenoid, then try to crank it. It should read at least 12 volts before you try to crank, and not drop below about 9 or 10 while trying to crank.

If it drops more, replace the (+) battery cable.

If it doesn't drop and still won't crank, replace the starter - it comes with a new solenoid - one or the other is defective.
Caution - if you want to have the same problem again soon, buy the starter at AutoZone or another junk parts place. If you want one to last longer, get one from NAPA or a professional parts house.

Or, look in the phone book - alternators, starters - find a rebuilder and take it to them. They'll do you right.

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I know I love the color.....like calling it names too! I think I will get a starter and the clutch pedal switch next. Look into a strap from the block to the body and clean up what is there. Next thing is how rare is the Electric Lime. I have seen about 10 Jeep Wranglers and Unlimiteds in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area. Best one was an attractive blonde in hers down in Annapolis, Maryland.......if your on here, Hi!

My girsl love the jeep and my wife hates the color.....maybe she is messing with the wiring?
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:27 PM   #14
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I bought a new starter, replaced the clutch safety swith and cleaned the battery terminals. It fired right up and drove around fine and then shut down and started about 15 times and no issues.
New Starter and safety switch.


I did compare the new safety switch (on the left) and the original (on the right) that had some really dark grease that must have worked its way up on te contact terminals and this could have been the issue all along.

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