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post #1 of 10 Old 09-15-2001, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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failure to start!!

I have a slight problem I hope some of you might be able to help me with. I have a 1994 Jeep Wrangler, 4 cyl, manual trans, no mods to engine or exhaust, just larger tires.

The Jeep has been sluggish in starting the past few weeks. My daughter has been afraid it would not start at all at times. She put a new battery in it hoping that would solve the problem. It started for a few days, I still think it was sluggish, now it will not start at all. When the key is turned on the dash board information lights come on but nothing else happens. No clicking sound, no electrical sounds, nothing. I did not try to start it by placing in second gear and pushing.

Could this be a failed started, or ignition module?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-15-2001, 04:31 PM
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Before you try to turn over engine next time, hit the starter with a mallet or a hammer but not too hard so you crack the casing. give it a couple of taps and have someone sit in the driver seat and try to start the engine. if it revvs a bit and doesnt want to go im not sure whats wrong but if it does start after tapping the starter then you will prolly need to head to your local parts store for a new starter
~$80-$130. Good Luck Hope that helps you.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-16-2001, 11:01 PM
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Yeap - probably either a blown starter solenoid or broken solenoid contacts. Before you go and replace the starter though, or even before you break out the hammer ( ), check to make sure the electric connections to the starter are clean and tight. You could have some corrosion built up that has broken electrical continuity in the circuit. Good luck!

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-17-2001, 06:02 PM
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I had an ignition module problem, my jeep would start only about half the time on the first try, then it got down to about 1/4 of the time, then it wouldn't start at all, then it would die suddenly, even while driving down the freeway. It doesn't sound like your jeep has the same problem, so I would guess it's the starter, although it could definitely be a buildup of corrosion on your battery cables breaking the circuit. Try cleaning the clamps with a steel brush and see if that helps.
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-17-2001, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for replies. I have not had time to re-check yet. As soon as I do I will post my findings.
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-18-2001, 08:08 AM
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Just a thought but, if it started better for awhile after you put a new battery in it, check your altenator. it may not be charging enough, thus running your battery down and giving you sluggish starts. Just a thought...good luck

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post #7 of 10 Old 09-19-2001, 06:45 AM
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I've been down this road myself. As has been mentioned previously, check your cables and terminals on the battery, starter solenoid and the starter. Once cleaned and re-attached, if problem persists, it may be the solenoid as was my case a few years ago.

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-19-2001, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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I checked all cables and connections, they were fine. I took out the ole' rubber mallet and tapped the starter several times, put the keys in the ignition and guess what, the sucker started.

Battery was well charged, so I do not think it was the alternator. Also my Jeep did not act like it was the ignition module, soooooo-

It looks like I need to purchase starter.

Thanks for all replies.
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-19-2001, 08:11 PM
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On the brighter side, Jeep starters take about 5 minutes to change.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-23-2001, 08:25 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by dartboy:
On the brighter side, Jeep starters take about 5 minutes to change.
Yeah, but some of them require a @#$% Torx socket... Found that out the hard way...

No officer, that wasn't an accident. I did that on purpose...
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