starting problems - JeepForum.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
gdoughtie
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: san antonio
Posts: 12
starting problems

o.k. So sometimes when i try to start my ZJ i turn the key and nothing happens mechanically, the accesories come on but nothing from the engine compartment not even a click, then i turn the key a couple more times and it starts right up, sometimes more turns, sometimes it starts on first try. It helps sometimes when i turn the key really hard. I have a new battery so that isnt the problem. Is it the starter? starter relay? starter cylenoid? ignition switch?

appreciate the help guys, dont know what i would do without this forum!

gdoughtie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 11:41 AM
rlcii77
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Middleport
Posts: 257
Ignition switch, a bad relay, some bad wiring, faulty ECM. Could be a number of things. Do the dash lights, etc. come on every time when you turn the key? If so, does the starter not engage when you turn the key but the dash lights come on?

Might check your neutral safety switch(NSS). I have to bump my shifter forward every now & then because of my NSS. I'll get the normal dash lights & chimes but no action from the starter until I bump my shifter forward a bit in Park.
rlcii77 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
gdoughtie
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: san antonio
Posts: 12
yeah that sounds like it could be it, all the lights and accesories come on, just no starter action. do you know where the NSS is located? is it easy to replace?
gdoughtie is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 04:29 PM
rlcii77
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Middleport
Posts: 257
Which transmission do you have? If you're not sure, what year & engine do you have?
rlcii77 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
gdoughtie
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: san antonio
Posts: 12
1996 jeep ZJ 5.2 AWD Automatic
gdoughtie is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 06:08 PM
BL_Maros
Registered User
1998 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Columbus
Posts: 110
Mine does something similar to this from time to time. All of the interior lights come on, radio, a/c, normal dings and all but it doesn't start. I do hear a fairly noticable "Click" when I try and turn it over.

So far as I've guess i've attributed it to the starter dying. I smacked the starter a few times last time I had trouble with it and it seemed to help. I'll have to try messing with the NSS next time.
BL_Maros is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 07:57 PM
newfieZJ
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 6,557
Quote:
Originally Posted by gdoughtie View Post
1996 jeep ZJ 5.2 AWD Automatic
Driver side on the trans , 4 wires IIRC and few choices . Should be a 5-10 min swap . Have a rag handy , I think the oil runs out pretty good . Have the new one ready to swap .

May or may not be your issue . It could be as simple as a shifter cable adjustment . Try starting in neutral to see if the problem stops first . Do your reverse lights work ?
newfieZJ is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 08-14-2011, 04:27 AM
tank12983
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: sl
Posts: 74
This happened to me at the gas station once and had to call a buddy to tow me home. Later I figured out that it was my neutral safety switch when I discover that pushing my shifter further towards park allowed me to start my jeep.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Strizzy View Post
How old is the battery? I've seen some Jeeps do weird things when a battery is bad.
I've got a real problem man... I need to stop buying special cars: 90' Bandit II Firebird, 91' Alfa Romeo 164 L, 95' orvis... yup ahh.
tank12983 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
Starting Problems...HELP jeepntony WK Grand Cherokee & XK Commander Forum 8 09-07-2010 03:42 PM
problems starting brammabull69 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 4 02-08-2009 12:55 PM
WJ starting problems pushead ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 2 03-24-2008 01:11 PM
starting problems tbone31 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 5 08-03-2004 11:54 AM
Problems Starting Brett30 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 7 05-06-2004 12:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome