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mbeverage 05-28-2011 11:10 PM

Turn key and nothing
I have an 89 YJ. I turn the key and no dashlights come on. No spark, nothing. I have replaced Battery, starter and ignition switch and also the fuse. Does anyone have any idea what it might be?

J10 05-28-2011 11:22 PM

Was the problem there before you did all the work or after?

mbeverage 05-28-2011 11:36 PM

Before I changed everything. I changed things because it is stuck at my house and can not get it to the shop and these things were recommended by the mechanic

J10 05-29-2011 01:58 AM

You got to have a bad connection somewhere. If you cant get the dash lights on even. What about an accessory thats not controlled by the ignition switch. A dome light or something.

If you have a volt meter or test light try testing the terminals from the battery, not the posts but the actual ends you bolt on just to make sure that you are getting a good connection there.

If that is good and or you have non ignition accessries working I would guess your ignition switch is toast

Undead-89 05-29-2011 01:58 AM

Did you check all the cables from the battery. The ground cable goes straight to the engine block and sometimes gets loose/corroded. Did you clean the battery terminals and cable connections before installing the battery? When you say "no dashlights" do you mean absolutely no lights? Does anything else electrical work?

Another place to check. Against the firewall is bunch of wires connected to a single point on a bunch of spade lugs. I had one of these from the battery harness break once and had to reconnect it by putting a new round lug on and securing the lug under the nut.

Hemi YJ 05-29-2011 09:44 AM

Happened to me. Turned out to be my ground cable from the battery was bad inside. The ends looked perfect but was cracked or something I guess. I didn't take it apart to find out. But a new ground cured my problems. Till the next one.

mbeverage 05-29-2011 10:38 AM

Thanks everyone. I am trying your suggestions and will let you know.

mbeverage 05-29-2011 10:40 AM

I have the headlights that work and the clock is working.

mbeverage 05-29-2011 11:42 AM

I have an accessory and it works

J10 05-29-2011 07:25 PM

Well time to check the ignition switch. Not sure of any easy ways of doing that.
I'd be half tempted to do the screw driver trick to by pass the solenoid on the starter.

mbeverage 06-01-2011 05:08 PM

I did the celanoid also. I am stumped. I will keep replacing things

RLaFitte 06-01-2011 05:26 PM

Isn't there a fuse for the ignition in the fuse panel?

mbeverage 06-02-2011 07:41 PM

yes changed the fuse also

J10 06-02-2011 10:50 PM


Originally Posted by mbeverage (Post 1274386)
I did the celanoid also. I am stumped. I will keep replacing things

You replaced it or did you try and by pass it to verify it has power to it?
Its a quick easy test to see if its an ignition switch issue or another problem such as a loose or bad ground as mentioned before

mbeverage 06-19-2011 06:45 PM

ok Thanks for all your comments. I broke down and towed it to the shop and they found out the previous owner had done some bad wiring. They rewired and now starts

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