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Old 06-08-2014, 06:10 PM   #1
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Aloha everyone, I'am in need of some help. I had my battery stolen a few months back. The person who was oh so desperate decided to rip it out. I was able to finally get a new battery today and installed it. All the electronics work but I can not get the engine to turn over. I cant even get any clicks. Can you guys give me some advice. I did not have issues with the starter prior to this happening and I hope that it is not the case. How do i go about testing it if it is and what are the common symptoms if it is the starter? Thank you for any and all help on this matter. BTW, Blue is a 1997 jeep wrangler! Keone

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When they ripped it out did they tear the ground or leads to the starter out/off?

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Thank you, they could have. I found a red wire that had a fuse attachment at one end laying on the battery plate. Where would I find the source that it was ripped out from? Thanks for helping me out.
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Ground should go to frame or fender well from battery terminal. Positive should go from battery to starter, don't believe there should be a fuse. Post up a pic or two.
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Thank you, they could have. I found a red wire that had a fuse attachment at one end laying on the battery plate. Where would I find the source that it was ripped out from? Thanks for helping me out.
That wire sounds like something aftermarket to me but can't say for sure.
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That wire sounds like something aftermarket to me but can't say for sure.
Yeah that's what I was thinking too.
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Where in WA are you? Perhaps you're close enough to one of us who could come to you and help you figure it all out.

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Hey guys, thank you for all the advice. I live out in Kirkland. I'll get some pics posted. I will also check the wiring that you suggested to check. Mahalo
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And of course if you guys are close or know anyone I can connect with who may be close. I would appreciate the guidance and direction.
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I'm sure someone will chime in who's closer to you than I am.

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Old 06-15-2014, 03:38 PM   #11
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If it was an issue with the ground wiring, would the rest of my vehicle still be getting power. I.E headlamps, done, stereo etc? Thanks again for all the advice.
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I know in some of my other cars the starter has a different ground, so some electronics work but others wouldn't
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Red is positive and Black is Negative, correct?
And you do get the headlights and secondary electrical working, correct?

Did the thieves cut the battery cables, or did they use a wrench? The reason I ask is because I believe there are other small cables that connect directly to the battery, if they cut them. Maybe you don't have all the cables connected if they cut them.

Also, if you do have red on positive and the thieves used a wrench to remove them, maybe the thieves just ripped them out of the way. So, its hard to say what damage was done.

I also recommend an alarm as an deterrent. I doubt a thief would have taken the time to steal your battery if the alarm was constantly going off.
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Call a dealer and ask if your key's chip could have been programmed out of the computer. (Assuming yours has a chip).

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