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post #1 of 6 Old 09-18-2006, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Starter problems

Ok, I'm not truely sure if the problem is linked to the starter or not.

My 258 '90 won't start. At first it would just click. But no head lights or any other electrical other than that. now nothing seems to be getting electricity. I was messing with the starter relay and it would then let the lights turn on but when I hit the ignition it would click and loose all power again. So I replace the relay and same thing... lights and power but the second I hit the ignition It goes out and just clicks once. When I had my dad helping me he said it seemed that the clicking noise came from the relay (which he was holding) if that even matters.

I;m at a total loss. Could it be the starter cylinoid gone bad or is it something else. My other thought is that maybe the plugs into the starter relay are bad and when i unplug and plug in it contacts for a second then looses it... if that makes sence even.

The jeep is out at my place of work.. so I'm heading out this afternoon after calling some ppl to see what I can find.. Any advice or help is great... I'm trying to avoid taking this to a shop at all costs but I think I'm loosing that battle fast.

P.S. The battery is fine and I checked that cables and clamps... even replaced some worn cable


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post #2 of 6 Old 09-18-2006, 12:49 PM
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hmm i had a similar problem but mine was from the battery terminals i no u said u replaced urs but maby they r bad or dont have a good conection..also can u jump it..lastly it may be ur neutral saftety switch..try starting it in neutral
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will try... thanks for the input

I'll let you know how it goes

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yea i had a similar problem with the neutral safety switch..also i no its a new battery but u may have got a lemon or somehting do u have a tester
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-18-2006, 01:37 PM
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Could try jumping from the battery to the starter bypassing the solenoid with some jumper cables - see if it kicks over then - be careful.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-18-2006, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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k found it... after running over every wire and redoing the positve off the batt. me and a friend say screw it, and replace the battery ground.... OMG it runs...

its a good thing i didn't notice that right away because a lot of that other wiring needed to be replaced anyway. Thanks for the advice... i looked over the battery wires twice and because of you guys looked over it a third... the ground is all messed up inside the covering. time took its toll.

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