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Old 06-20-2014, 07:31 PM
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Starting issue?? What could this be?

So I drove my jeep home from work lastnight. Crunk perfectly, no problems at all. I go inside after pulling in the drive, change clothes, and come right back out. Go to start my jeep and nothing! When I turn the key the radio comes on just fine and my battery is fairly new so I don't think it's that. I turn the key all the way and it doesn't even make a sound, doesn't even attempt to turn over? What could this be? The starter? If it was the starter itself wouldn't I have seen issues before now or maybe it wearing down? Any advice is appreciated guys. Thank you

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Actuator pin broke in ignition switch

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Mine did the exact same thing today! Gonna buy a new starter tomorrow and try it. Ill let you know how it goes
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So I drove my jeep home from work lastnight. Crunk perfectly, no problems at all. I go inside after pulling in the drive, change clothes, and come right back out. Go to start my jeep and nothing! When I turn the key the radio comes on just fine and my battery is fairly new so I don't think it's that. I turn the key all the way and it doesn't even make a sound, doesn't even attempt to turn over? What could this be? The starter? If it was the starter itself wouldn't I have seen issues before now or maybe it wearing down? Any advice is appreciated guys. Thank you
stick? Could be the switch on the clutch. There is a fuse you can pull to disable that safety feature
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Beeper you buy a starter punt auto in park or manual in neutral and jump plus 12 from bat to starter small terminal (the one on the solenoid) if starter cranks normally problem is not the starter
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Also does it smell burnt

My wife had her04 rubi key stick in start position and starter ran till it burnt up

Had to bump/push start (it is a 5 speed) once home replaced key switch and put in a new lifetime autozone starter so of it happens again next starter is free
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stick? Could be the switch on the clutch. There is a fuse you can pull to disable that safety feature
Yea it's a 5-speed. Do you know which fuse it is by chance?? I'll look it up and see if I can't find anything on which one it is
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Also does it smell burnt My wife had her04 rubi key stick in start position and starter ran till it burnt up Had to bump/push start (it is a 5 speed) once home replaced key switch and put in a new lifetime autozone starter so of it happens again next starter is free
Naw no burning smell that I can tell so far.
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Mine did the exact same thing today! Gonna buy a new starter tomorrow and try it. Ill let you know how it goes
Alright bud let me know. I just feel like if it was the starters though we would have more problems out of them a little bit before. Don't think they just automatically go bad in 5 mins. That's what I can't figure out.
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Don't know the fuse number but have found that depending on the year model, fuse numbers and locations aren't always the same. Also learned a couple of weeks ago on my son's 97 that there is a starter relay in the box under the hood. Just looks like a universal 5 pin relay but that could be it also. Just something else to check.
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Mine did the same thing today!! The wire to the starter was frayed real bad and when I touched it it broke off. Had to have someone turn it over while I held the wire to where it broke off and it cranked right up. Taped the loose end and ran my mail route, it was too hot to deal with after driving for 5 hours, so I am going to fix it tomorrow, just bought a pack of ring terminals to crimp on the end of the broken wire.
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Well it was the actuator pin. What an easy fix just ordered a new one for $22. Just takes a little trial and error and wound up saving some money
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did you order an actuator pin or did you order a new key switch?
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Just ordered another actuator pin. It's a simple fix if you've got a t10 safety torx and about 30 minutes
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Wooten TJ,
Do you happen to have the part number for that? My pin is broke and part of the pot metal next to it is broke. It looks like you have a piece broke there in your picture just like I do. Also, I suppose you have to go to the dealer to get something that special? Thanks!
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Found it on Amazon for 32.78 shipped. Doorman makes it. It's used on a bunch of different Chrysler products. There's a video on Youtube showing a PT Cruiser on how to replace it. Not that bad of a job it doesn't look like.
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definitely the starter
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Wooten TJ, Do you happen to have the part number for that? My pin is broke and part of the pot metal next to it is broke. It looks like you have a piece broke there in your picture just like I do. Also, I suppose you have to go to the dealer to get something that special? Thanks!
Just get on amazon and search dorman 924-704 actuator pin.

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