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post #16 of 19 Old 12-18-2012, 08:23 PM
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Did you clean the grounds near the battery attached to the sheet metal? That one fixed my problem like that. Next time see if it will start by jumping the large terminal on the starter to the small one. This should make it crank and start if the ignition is on. The rounded end of an 8-10 inch adjustable works great. Practice this before it is needed. If it fails to start at the key-jump the starter. If it cranks good this proves the battery and starter are in good working order. If it wont crank its a battery or starter problem.


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post #17 of 19 Old 12-27-2012, 01:30 AM
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How do I follow this thread? I'm new here and just started having a similar problem. I went to the store earlier and noticed my gauges weren't working. When I came out of the store and tried to start it, nothing, no gauges, dash lights, noises, nothing just dead. I moved the shifter (auto) and still nothing. I wiggled the keys in the ignition and nothing. I wiggled them again and turned the ignition to acc., and on a few times then the dash lit up and it started. This makes me lean more toward the ignition switch. I read something in a different thread about bypassing it like 20 times and if it started every time then get a new ignition switch. How do you by pass the ignition switch?
Hey everyone. I thought I would add this update for the list of things to try. The last time it happened to me, I pushed the brake a couple times and it worked. Wierd thing is, it hasn't happened since, or yet.

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post #18 of 19 Old 12-28-2012, 02:57 PM
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I have diagnosed my issue and I am certain its the NSS. It wouldn't start in part but would start when shifter was between Neutral and reverse. However, the past week or so it hasn't don't this to me but more than once. I am going to take the NSS apart and attempt to clean it out. I can deal with this for now but I don't it to go out and leave me stranded somewhere.

I would not have know what to do If not for this Forum. Thanks for all the great advise and knowledge.
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-28-2012, 05:55 PM
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I am having a similar issue with my 1994 xj except its a stick shift so there is no nss. It's a no crank no start I have power to the rest of the car like lights radio ect. When I try to start it I hear the starter relay click.

Should I be able to hear the starter solenoid engage if it is working properly?
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