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Old 11-08-2015, 11:11 PM
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Jeep starting and electrical problems

Great to be here on this awesome forum. But I have a problem. I have a 2000 TJ sport.

Here in SC we just had a flood come through. And surprise surprise I left my doors off. Now my jeep won't start. And all the electronics (radio, turn signals, wipers) won't turn on. Unless the Key is in the backwards position. Running off of straight battery.

If I jiggle the keys just right sometimes the jeep will start. But 97% of the time the electrics still won't turn on.

I went out and bought a new Ignition switch today, since I think that's the source of the problem. Any other info would be great, if anyone else has had this problem ect...

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Old 11-09-2015, 05:19 PM   #3
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If jiggling the key seems to help it, then yeah, ignition switch could be the problem. Sometimes the large gray connector that is mounted just below the hood and above the engine comes loose on mine, which prevents my starter from getting a signal. Although I did a motor swap, so I may have different problems.
Bad ground connections can cause all sorts of problems too.
Are you in upstate SC?
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If jiggling the key seems to help it, then yeah, ignition switch could be the problem. Sometimes the large gray connector that is mounted just below the hood and above the engine comes loose on mine, which prevents my starter from getting a signal. Although I did a motor swap, so I may have different problems. Bad ground connections can cause all sorts of problems too. Are you in upstate SC?
specify that connection if you can, and I'm in Myrtle Beach SC, where abouts are you? And I hope it's my switch. I don't know anything else it could be
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how high did the water line reach up to? and i hope everybody is ok down'er. Aloha from Hawaii! floods here come from the tsunamis and occasional flash floods

the connector cabenso is refering to is probably the one on the firewall just above the back of the valve cover, although it does have a lock on top of the locking tab of the connector...i would doubt the connector would come loose.
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how high did the water line reach up to? and i hope everybody is ok down'er. Aloha from Hawaii! floods here come from the tsunamis and occasional flash floods the connector cabenso is refering to is probably the one on the firewall just above the back of the valve cover, although it does have a lock on top of the locking tab of the connector...i would doubt the connector would come loose.
it's a mess right now, it was. The waters slowly receding. But as far as I know it's my switch. I just wanted to know if anyone else had the same problem or has ever replaced a switch. And the water reached about 3ft over the water line. I have 35"s and it was coming in my floor tub
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how high did the water line reach up to? and i hope everybody is ok down'er. Aloha from Hawaii! floods here come from the tsunamis and occasional flash floods

the connector cabenso is refering to is probably the one on the firewall just above the back of the valve cover, although it does have a lock on top of the locking tab of the connector...i would doubt the connector would come loose.
Yes, that is the one I'm talking about. I managed to break the clip on that connector during a motor swap. So that may just be a thing that I experience. Good call.

I'm up in Clemson. So I guess I couldn't help then, sorry.

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