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Old 09-13-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Jeep wouldn't crank (solution included)

The back story: I was hanging out at my favorite coffee shop when someone who knows me came in and told me that there had been a hit and run on my jeep. It seemed like I was walking the Green Mile to get to my YJ. Fortunately, I line in a historic town and there just happened to be a photographer taking photos of the area and he was acutally shooting my jeep (he liked it) when it got hit by a U-Haul. He had shots of the whole thing.

The U-Haul driver returned shortly because she had seen the guy photograph her driving off and she decided she better come back. Anyway, I was in a good mood and no damage had been done to my jeep other than cracked powdercoat (thank goodness for aftermarket bumpers) and since I was only slightly annoyed, I told her to get on wer way.

Little did I know after I got the jeep home would be the last time it would crank with a key for three weeks.

The problem: The jeep wouldn't start with the key the next time I was going to take it out. I convinced myself that the brand new battery I had bought days before was a bad one. Well, after much metering, troubleshooting, and testing, I had to finally give in to the fact that I had something else going on. Plus the fact that I could not start it by jumper cables and had to get her to rolling down a hill to pop the clutch to start her.

Now I'm thinking solonoid. I could put an insulated wrench to it and it would barely spark and would not fire off the starter. Just by off chance though when I was about to pull trigger on a new starter (I troubleshoot for a living so I can go a long way with it), I ran 12 volts directly to the solonoid and it fired right off.

Now what? Well the ending is fairly anticlimactic.

Just then I was about to pull my hair out if when I so that my ignition relay wasn't seated all the way down (the cover has been broken for years). I seated the relay and resolved my issue.

Sometimes it is the simple things that elude us. I feel sufficiently stupid, but glad to have the YJ fully functional again. I think I am going to check ebay to find another cover for the under hood fuse/ relay box.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:34 PM   #2
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Holy crap!!! Amerijeep posts a new thread after being gone for months and nobody replies to it in 24 hours? What the hell is wrong with you jokers?
Welcome back buddy!!!

Glad there wasn't much damage and glad you were able to track down a simple fix.
I know I've just about given up on these new electronically controlled vehicles. I've spent more time tracking down electrical bugaboos than actually enjoying my Jeeps the last couple years.

I'm switching to an early VW bug as a daily driver, and if I can talk Amy into another project I want to sell the Grand Cherokee and get an old Willys wagon and stuff a Cummins 4BT or B3.3 in it for our family funster/tow rig.
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