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Unread 05-05-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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No start(maybe alarm related)

A little background.

My 96 limited has been sitting for about a month with the battery disconnected. I was in the middle of replacing the rear main seal/oil pump and my intake and exhaust manifolds but my hectic work/drinking schedule got in the way and I just got everything finished up last night. I reconnected the battery after letting it charge for a few hours, turned the key and nothing happened. All of my lights came on, cd player worked, but when I turned the key from acc to start there was no crank and the cd player shut off. The alarm has acted up on me a few times, so I found the purple/yellow wire and bypassed the alarm. Still not starting. Anyone have any clue?

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Unread 05-05-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Its not alarm related. If it was it would crank just not start. Check the starter, check all wiring, check over all your work. Make sure you put the starter wiring back in properly. Did you drop the starter or anything while it was out?
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Unread 05-05-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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did you put the starter back in?

What jeepfreak said, it would crank and shut off+ the alarm light would be on in the dash if that was the problem.

Sounds like a wire/connection or a short in the starter.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 05:55 PM   #4
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Is it all the way in Park ? I've had issues with my neutral switch long time ago , and sounds like the same thing .If i'm remembering my Zj right i think they start in Neutral too you could try that . You could have disturbed or disconnected it when doing the rear main seal . If it's your starter , you should at least hear your starter solenoid kicking in , that has to be picked up before the starter gets crank voltage .
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:00 PM   #5
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Yea good thinking. Try starting it in neutral.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:05 PM   #6
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Dumb mistake on my part, really dirty starter connections. Got another question now though. I've replaced oil pumps on my previous 2 zj's and never had to prime them. Just started the jeep and I've got no oil pressure. Anyone know how to prime the oil pump?
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:14 PM   #7
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you will have to pull out the distributor and either buy or make a little attachment to go in a drill that will engage the oil pump shaft, then spin your oil pump till you get oil pressure. I believe your key will have to be on to read the guage btw.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:16 PM   #8
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That or un plug the coil and crank it let it prime itself.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:20 PM   #9
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also, just to let everyone know, with most starters i have seen go out, the solenoids didn't make any noise, that usually means a dead battery.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:29 PM   #10
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Nah most do click they just dont crank the starter. Thats more common than no sound at all.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:49 PM   #11
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just stating my experience, I have more solenoid problems than the actual starter going out
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:27 PM   #12
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Thanks for the help guys. I just unplugged the coil, cranked it a bit and the pressure came right up. Now I just have to finish the steering up and the zj is back to the trails
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