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Old 06-10-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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2000 Jeep Wrangler wont start HEELLLPP!!

The other day I drove my 2000 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L alll day. I shut it off literally for 10 min with the flashers on. Came back out to the Jeep and it wont turn over. All the lights come on the dashboard, radio, ect. I've seen many posts with this problem but no one says what the problem was. I got the battery checked...which was good, but went ahead and got a new one in case it there was a bad cell, I have hit the starter with hammers, I have placed a fuse in #20 to bypass the neutral safety switch, I have wiggled the starter cables, and I have cleaned off the battery cables. I have no clue what the problem could be....I need help please. I really dont want to pay big $$$ by taking it to a shop.

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Old 06-11-2011, 12:09 AM   #2
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honestly, this may sound dumb..this happens to me all the time.. put your foot on the brake and switch from park to drive to reverse back to park a couple of times...sometimes it gets stuck/jammed

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Old 06-11-2011, 08:30 AM   #3
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The only thing is with that is my jeep is a manual...but def thanks for the advice, everything is appreciated because I need to get this thing working ASAP.
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:48 AM   #4
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I am pretty sure you can turn key to on position. If you are getting power to haves and all, take a starter jumper switch, hook it up to battery and positive on starter solenoid, hit the trigger and it should start. That is if the on position of the ignition is working. This may not fix the problem, but will get it started and let you drive it somewhere to get it fixed. You should check all starter relays and fuses. I don't think the relay is over $20 but may be.

Just to confirm, it won't turn over or click or anything when you turn ignition forward to start. Does it have a clutch safety.
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
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I checked all started fuses and all the relays under the hood are the same so I switched a few of them around just to do a check on the relay itself...and still nothing. Today I went to AutoZone and the alternator checked good. I can get the car running but the only way is pushing it downhill and dropping the clutch when it’s in second....then the car will start and I can drive it around.
PS. Jeepster988...It will not turn over or click when i turn the ignition forward to start. The only thing that works right now when u turn the key is all the lights come on and what sounds like the fuel pump kicks on and thats allll.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:52 AM   #6
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Biggyb23,

Let me see if I understand, you have power, et c. but when you turn on the ignition it won't turn over or even "click" when you try to start it. Fuses, alternator, battery, and ground all checked out, too.

If this sounds like your problem, I recently had the same issue. Check your starter switch and the actuator (starter linkage between the key cylinder and the switch). My actuator was broken so it would not engage the starter switch.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:13 PM   #7
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OlyellerTJ,

yes I have checked the fuses, altenator, battery, and visually the ground looks good. Im more or less a new jeep owner...only had mine for a year or so. I know where the starter is....ive been messing around with it for awhile. Where is the actuator at? Ill def take your advice and look into that.

PS to all that are trying to help, I dont know if this helps with all the other information I have provided about my jeep not starting or if this is normal...but when i turn the key to the forward start position the air and raido turn off also?!? As soon as I stop turning the key they turn back on.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:05 PM   #8
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Biggyb23,

The actuator is in the steering column. It is the linkage between the key cylinder and the starter switch: turn the key, key turns cylinder, which turns the linkage, which turns (actuates) the starter switch.

I'm no mechanic, and if the guy at the shop had not shown me the broken actuator then it is likely I would not have figured it out. The last place I considered looking for my starting problem was in the steering column; I was thinking electrical. Shop said Chrysler was aware that it was a "common" and "known" problem.

IDK if that is your problem but it's worth a look. My problem is that my Jeep is my DD and I don't have the time, tools and knowledge to diagnose. YMMV...

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