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post #1 of 14 Old 12-21-2015, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Won't start

So about a week ago went to drive my jeep home and nothing would happen when I turned the key. Towed it home and next day started up no problem and now a week later I turn the key and nothing happens. I just put a new ignition switch in it today and I turn the key forward and the radio would turn on but the starter wouldn't engage so i push started it and drove it around the block. Parked it and now I turn the key forward and radio won't even come on. Checked all my fuses and they all look good. Not sure what else todo

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post #2 of 14 Old 12-22-2015, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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So went out this morning and turn the key forward and radio and accessories click on but wont start. I was able to push start it again though.
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-22-2015, 03:49 PM
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possibly your ignition switch on the column is bad or needs to be adjusted.

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post #4 of 14 Old 12-22-2015, 05:20 PM
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Battery? Age? 12+ volts?
Battery cables? Old and corroded? New and clean?
Battery cable connections? Block and harness grounds cleaned?
Starter?

All of these will cause your symptoms

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post #5 of 14 Old 12-22-2015, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Battery's is probably 4 years old but is an optimum red top, I put a new ignition switch on and no change, cleaned my connections at the battery none of them looked bad to begin with, unhooked all connections on the collumn and nothing looked bad. Only thing I haven't done is the starter, but don't understand why sometimes my accessories will kick on and why sometimes they won't. When they do I can push start it and drive it fine and when they won't I obviouly can't and have to tow it home
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-22-2015, 09:31 PM
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Battery's is probably 4 years old but is an optimum red top, I put a new ignition switch on and no change, cleaned my connections at the battery none of them looked bad to begin with, unhooked all connections on the collumn and nothing looked bad. Only thing I haven't done is the starter, but don't understand why sometimes my accessories will kick on and why sometimes they won't. When they do I can push start it and drive it fine and when they won't I obviouly can't and have to tow it home
If you get nothing when you turn the key your cable is bad some where. Use jumper cables and bridge the battery wires to figure out which wire is bad
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post #7 of 14 Old 12-23-2015, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure what you mean. Only hook one wire to the other battery at a time? And Every other electronic I have seems to work fine though. Lights, fog lights, winch, cb they all don't need the ignition on though.
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Not sure what you mean. Only hook one wire to the other battery at a time? And Every other electronic I have seems to work fine though. Lights, fog lights, winch, cb they all don't need the ignition on though.
The starter doesn't make any noise but the high beams are bright and the cluster is working when it happens?
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-24-2015, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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lights and high beams will work but not the cluster. I talked to somebody today and he said i might not have the new ignition switch adjusted just right. Gonna double check that and go from there.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-24-2015, 01:43 PM
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Inspect/clean/check for power at that small wire on the starter.

I've read a few posts about odd intermittent no starts that ended up being a loose or damaged solenoid wire.

A four year old battery is a liability. An "Optima Red Top" is not some magic talisman that wards off evil voltage gremlins without needing to be tested and charged

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lights and high beams will work but not the cluster. I talked to somebody today and he said i might not have the new ignition switch adjusted just right. Gonna double check that and go from there.
Agree. You can check the yellow wire to see if you get voltage when you are trying to start.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-25-2015, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the tip about the yellow wire. I'll probably tear it back apart tomorrow
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-29-2015, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Got it running! The problem was the ignition switch wasn't adjusted just right. Thanks for the help.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-29-2015, 02:57 PM
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possibly your ignition switch on the column is bad or needs to be adjusted.
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