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Unread 10-02-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
golfer080
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Problem turning engine over

I have a 1989 Jeep YJ. I was driving it and it has been running fine, I stop to get something to eat and when I try to start it back up the engine will not turn over. I happened to park on a hill so I get it rolling, pop the clutch and off I go. I figure the battery has gone bad so I take it out and have it tested and it is fine. Next I figure it must be the starter, take it out and down to be tested, it's working but there are obvious signs of wear so I replace it and still the engine won't turn over. It acts like it wants to but it won't, maybe turns a 1/4 turn and that's it. The engine is a 2.8L V6 (not my idea, was in when I bought it). Any ideas as to what the problem could be?

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Unread 10-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
Que89YJ
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You need to clean the cables to the starter and the battery. Including the body ground cables for the engine block and chasis.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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Mine did this when there was corosion on the battery terminal... Took of the battery cables, scraped out the insides and scraped the stubs on the battery... Good to go.

You are in essence bypassing your battery when you do your "push start". The ground to the battery, ground to the block, or power to the battery are at fault here. I'm w/QUE.


Please post back if this indeed fixes the problem, it is good info for others to know when experiencing the same symptoms.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #4
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You guys were right on the money. I had already cleaned the battery terminals and that did not help but i disconnected it at the block, sanded the connection and put it back on and it fired right up. Thank you so much for the help.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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You guys were right on the money. I had already cleaned the battery terminals and that did not help but i disconnected it at the block, sanded the connection and put it back on and it fired right up. Thank you so much for the help.
Glad it worked! Also, welcome to the forum!

Thank you for updating the result, this should help people search down the road.
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