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calebjmcgowan 05-14-2013 05:40 PM

Battery troubles - help
 
I went to start my jeep after a couple weeks of it sitting in my driveway. It's a 01 TJ. I don't think I left a light on, but when I turned the key nothing happened, no click, nothing. I was sitting there for a few minutes and this beeping sound came on. When I turned the cabin light off (I think up to the first click is off when you turn the dial...?)

Any help?

Big Cole 05-14-2013 06:17 PM

Probably a dead cell. Take it to an auto parts store and have them test the battery.

calebjmcgowan 05-16-2013 07:17 PM

So I used my car jumper to get it running and it started right up. Now, when it was running it would idle really really low, to the point where I thought it would stall. Also, the lights on the dash would flicker.
I've heard I should maybe clean the throttle body and Idle Air Control, is that a good start?

RevCo666 05-16-2013 07:20 PM

what about the alternator?

krisbman 05-16-2013 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by revco666 (Post 3763346)
what about the alternator?

x2

WVU Mountainman 05-16-2013 07:21 PM

I would fix the obvious first. Start with the battery. Take it to an auto parts store and have it tested. Have them test the alternator as well. If the battery needs replaced, replace it. Same with alt. Then tackle your other problems if they still occur.

Jerry Bransford 05-16-2013 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by calebjmcgowan (Post 3763336)
So I used my car jumper to get it running and it started right up. Now, when it was running it would idle really really low, to the point where I thought it would stall. Also, the lights on the dash would flicker.
I've heard I should maybe clean the throttle body and Idle Air Control, is that a good start?

The only problem causing your engine to run and idle poorly is the battery isn't charged up enough yet.

When the battery is dead or very low, it doesn't provide enough power for the alternator. The alternator on newer Jeeps and most cars REQUIRES a good solid 12 volts from the alternator to run. So if the battery was so weak to require a jump start, it won't run properly after the jump start battery is disconnected. That is because the alternator requires 12 volts for it to be able to put out enough power for the ignition system.

Charge your battery overnight using a benchtop charge & the engine run fine tomorrow.

Caution that letting a battery go completely dead physically damages the battery so it may or may not come back to 100% health after being recharged overnight. Not an hour or two, not by driving the Jeep, but by a real battery charger... overnight or all day.

The days of engines being able to run properly without a good battery are long over for all Jeeps & most cars. Really. :)

calebjmcgowan 05-19-2013 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 3763526)
The only problem causing your engine to run and idle poorly is the battery isn't charged up enough yet.

When the battery is dead or very low, it doesn't provide enough power for the alternator. The alternator on newer Jeeps and most cars REQUIRES a good solid 12 volts from the alternator to run. So if the battery was so weak to require a jump start, it won't run properly after the jump start battery is disconnected. That is because the alternator requires 12 volts for it to be able to put out enough power for the ignition system.

Charge your battery overnight using a benchtop charge & the engine run fine tomorrow.

Caution that letting a battery go completely dead physically damages the battery so it may or may not come back to 100% health after being recharged overnight. Not an hour or two, not by driving the Jeep, but by a real battery charger... overnight or all day.

The days of engines being able to run properly without a good battery are long over for all Jeeps & most cars. Really. :)

Thank you so much. This is very descriptive and quite helpful.


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