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It's been happening the last week or so and finally yesterday I had to get it towed home. I can't get it to start let alone even click. On top of that the dash doesn't light up or make the beeping sound. The radio doesn't work, but everything else has full power. Battery is a few months old, the negative terminal has been replaced (going to replace the positive terminal today as it's rusted and a little loose), and the starter relay has been swapped around with a non essential relay. Within the past week if it didn't start I'd pop the hood jiggle around the fuse box around, push the fuses in, and it would start. Ideas? Jeep is a 2005 Rubicon with a manual transmission.

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I have a 04 X that was having the same problem. Couldn't figure it out. Replace ignition switch, cleaned terminals, replaced relay. Took the fuze out for the clutch safety switch. Finally had it towed to local Jeep repair shop. Turned out to be the ignition actuator and another part which I cannot remember now. Don't know which was which but the one piece was in the steering column behind the ignition, which ended up being broke. Cost me about 200$. Haven't had a starting problem since.
 

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When this is happening & the key still on, try the turn signals & the wipers. Do either or both work?
 

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Yes both work...


Took the ignition apart and this is what I found...



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EVerything looks fine except for...


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This broken little piece, but I suspect that's not the cause...?


Also I replaced the other battery terminal sooo time to put it all back together and hope for the best...
 

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Well, that actually points away from this but as long as you have the ignition switch off, check the connector’s 3 red wires for battery power.
 

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Pulled the entire ignition again. A buddy and I concluded it's coming somewhere from there and not from the fuse box. If we jiggled the key around, the dash would light up and it would start beeping. However, after the clutch is pushed in, the beeping and dash shut off again. Sooo... I suppose it's either the ignition or where it plugs into the main harness (black box looking thing)...
 

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In the connector that plugs into the ignition switch. There are 3 red wires & all should have battery power to them. They all come from the PDC (fuse panel in front of the battery) & since you said you giggled the wires up there to get it to start, one could be bad. Also check all the terminals (10 of them) for any discoloration or signs of excessive heat & make sure none are pushed back & possibly not making full contact with the terminals in the switch when plugged in.
 

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I have a weird one along this line. Any help would be huge!!! 2006 Rubicon, 92,000 miles, no problems. Drove around the corner this AM. Came out, stepped on the clutch, turned the key, there was a click and then nothing. No gauges, nothing electrical. first thought was the clutch safety switch. Monkeyed with it a few minutes, still nothing. The 2006 Rubicon doesn't have a bypass in the fuse box but you should be able to bypass by selecting 4 low. Still nothing. OK, maybe the battery. Terminals are spotless. Turn on the lights. They all come on full bright. Turn the key, lights still on. Push in the clutch, everything goes dark. OK, time to tow home.

Got home. Went out and turned the lights on again. They don't go on. Left them on and walked into the garage. Turned around and all the lights came on. Got in, pushed in the clutch and it goes dark. Turn the key and can hear a very faint buzz from under the right side of the dash. Released the key and the clutch. Turned the lights off, then back on. Stays dark. WTF!!!! Any suggestions?
 
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