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post #1 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Please help. Strange problem!

Ok. I have a 97 ZJ with the 5.2 and 133k on the clock. It usually runs like a champ, but...
I start it at work this morning and drive 18 miles home stopping at red lights, etc. I pull into a parking lot to get some breakfast, and it just dies. I tried to start it and it cranks but it sounds like the motor isn't turning over. Now here's the strange part: I have full electric (radio, windows, horn, lights), full tank of gas, fuses were fine, BUT I have no gauges. No gas gauge, no temp, no oil, no volt, nada when I try to start it. They don't even twitch. WTF? Thoughts? Runs great, dies suddenly, won't start, no dash gauges, but I still have full power. I'm stumped! Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 11:29 AM
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I would start at the battery... the cables can corrode inside the jacket. check voltage at battery and power center

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 11:51 AM
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Mine did about the same thing but I didnt have any turn signals. I found it to be a Relay. Well at least my local mechanic did Easy enough to change out.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-13-2009, 06:35 PM
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i had that same exact issue and it was my battery no gauges no lights no security etc and this weird twitching sound from the fuses on the inside
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-14-2009, 01:56 PM
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I had this very same issue in my cavi a few years back...wouldnt start and when i finally did get it started(was a stick) i had no lights and radio but no gauges and as jen said it ended up it was just a relay under the hood that crapped out after my power wire to my amp let loose and shorted out on some metal exposed on the rear deck. bought a new relay for like 6 bux i think
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-14-2009, 03:00 PM
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Yea id check battery, Battery Terminals, fuses, and Relays under the hood.

And The Relays under the Glove Box.

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Their are relays under the glovebox. Thats were He had me go & change it out...

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Originally Posted by ccmf22 View Post
i had that same exact issue and it was my battery no gauges no lights no security etc and this weird twitching sound from the fuses on the inside
same thing here. I even had my battery checked at autozone and kragen and it passed both their tests so i tested my alternator too. it was good too so then i replaced the clicking relay but the new one clicked too. my dad came up with the idea to hook up the battery from his boat. then my jeep fired right up. I have no idea why my battery passed the kragen and autozone tests but couldnt start in my jeep. FIX= new battery
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-14-2009, 08:14 PM
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When my CPS died, my jeep had all of your symptoms. All electronics worked but the jeep just cranked but never started.
Obviously try the free stuff first, swapping around relays and such.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-15-2009, 04:55 AM
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also if you're checking wires, make sure to check the end that connects to the starter... i had problems with it not starting.. cleaned that connection (there was some corrosion) and the problem went away

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