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Old 02-07-2011, 09:18 PM
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Jeep won't start

Well tonight I went to get dinner for everyone, jumped in the jeep and nothing. All the lights come on the ding ding goes on but won't start.
I checked all the fuses they are all good. checked the power cable on
the starter good and tight. So I'm thinking the ignition bad or the starter solenoid gone bad. I sure could use the help

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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Is the engine turning over at all? Is the relay clicking at all? Did you clean the battery connections? The starter is not usually the problem but battery connections are. Take the positive cable off and clean the connector then do the same on the neg side. What year? Motor? Trans? Thanks..just need more info.

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Old 02-07-2011, 10:43 PM
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Its a 05, 4.0 , Auto. The terminals looked clean but I clean everything tomorrow when I have more light. When I try to turn it over I get nothing.
No clicking sounds or anything.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:42 PM
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Well took the starter off and had it tested. Well it failed, so I got a new one.
Came home put it on and still nothing. What else could it be???
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Could be as simple as a bad battery. Enough to light everything up but not enough to turn it over. Did you clean your battery terminals and cable connections like suggested above? Remember the mantra K.I.S.S.
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You might want to check the little switch attached to the automatic gear shift. I have a 1997 Wrangler 4.0 Automatic and a couple times ive gone to start it and it wouldnt start. Found out that this switch is really sensitive. If the switch does not see it all the way up, it wont turn over. Just a thought. Sometimes its literally an eighth inch out of park, and it wont start.
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There is a relay in the power distribution box that clicks (not loud) when you engage the starter. Can you open the hood and have someone try to start it while you listen for the relay? Did they test the new starter or just hand you a box? Last week or so a guy had a similar problem and it was the neg. cable that was bad and not allowing enough juice to battery but enough to power lights.
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Yes I cleaned the terminals and the cable ends. Well I'm going to take the battery out and have it checked. Where is this switch for the transmission and how do I get to it. I have taken it out of park to Neutral and back to park a few times
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I checked the relays I even swapped the one for the fog lights with the starter and still nothing. Is there a computer on the Jeep that might be the
problem ??
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Try something - turn on the headlights, then try to start it.

Do they dim?

If yes, it's either the battery or the cables.

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