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post #1 of 5 Old 01-03-2011, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Wj 03wj need to diagnose starter issue. HELP!

03wj wont start. when i get in the vehicle i have no power at all. when i turn the key to any position i have nothing except the gauges will jump. if i sit there and mess with it i will hear clicking in the start position but still no power anywhere(lights heater etc...). then as if divine intervention everything will come on and it it starts right up! what is up with this????
thanks, ron


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post #2 of 5 Old 01-03-2011, 04:17 PM
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check your battery conections

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-03-2011, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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they are good. if it were just the starter i wouldnt lose my power to everything else, right? a starter/solonoid is $107. can i just do the solonoid? i dont even know if i am on the right track!

aussie rear end, drilled and slotted rotors, ceramic brake pads, ironman adj.front upper/lower and rear lower control arms, teraflex 4" spring lift, fat bobs 2' bb, rusty's drop pitman arm, jks adjustable trackbar, moog tie rod ends/ball joints, rancho 9000 shocks, kor dual stabilizer, rough country front and rear bump stop extensions, homebrew front quick disconnects, rough country rear swaybar link drop kit, IRO a-arm spacer, transfer case drop kit, homebrew rocksliders, rola roof rack, speed bleeders, 2" wheel spacers, 4-treadwright guard dog mt 265/75/16, mud flaps, superchip, k&n cold air intake, straightpiped, chrome tailpipe tip, v-led hid headlights w/halo, v-led hid foglights w/halo, kidde fire extinguisher w/bracket, maglite w/mounting bracket, cobra cb, firestik antenna, white gauges gauge face overlays, viair compressor, blue led interior lighting upgrade, hi lift 48" jack, hi lift jack base, wind deflectors for: hood, moon roof and windows, sony stereo, garmin nuvi gps, recovery D ring, interior mount keyed battery switch, custom dash brackets for gps, cb, sat radio, cellphone, bumper mount halogen reverse lights, cobra radar detector, smittybilt gear seat covers and tailgate organizer, browning rooftop camo cargo bags, grille insert, washer fluid reservoir relocation, foldup cargo carrier, aluminum side steps, addco rear swaybar, deer whistles, mobile one synthetic oil, slick 50 high mileage oil additive, k&n oil filter
TO DO:
reece front hitch, warn winch, elocker or arb front selectable locker, bulldog remote start, hi lift essential parts kit, 2-hella driving lights, gerry can and bracket, stinger bar, wood dash kit, snorkel, washer fluid heater, rear swing tire carrier, finish the skid plates, fender flares, addco front swaybar
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-03-2011, 04:34 PM
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If you're not getting power to anything else with the ignition in the run position then it's not your starter or solenoid.

Maybe your ignition switch is going out?
Definitely make sure your batt connections are super clean and tight. (Don't just rely on outward appearance) And your batt is fully charged.
Battery connection problems can cause a lot of weird stuff.
Just one other thought....Auto Shutdown Relay .....not sure about that one? It controls power to some startup stuff.
If you were getting power to instrument cluster but no start then it would be the starter solenoid. There's also a starter relay in the Power Distribution Center.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-03-2011, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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thats what i was thinking. i am gonna save $107 but will probably spend hours in 0 deg to find an electrical issue that will take a 15 cent connector. i kinda wish it was the starter.

aussie rear end, drilled and slotted rotors, ceramic brake pads, ironman adj.front upper/lower and rear lower control arms, teraflex 4" spring lift, fat bobs 2' bb, rusty's drop pitman arm, jks adjustable trackbar, moog tie rod ends/ball joints, rancho 9000 shocks, kor dual stabilizer, rough country front and rear bump stop extensions, homebrew front quick disconnects, rough country rear swaybar link drop kit, IRO a-arm spacer, transfer case drop kit, homebrew rocksliders, rola roof rack, speed bleeders, 2" wheel spacers, 4-treadwright guard dog mt 265/75/16, mud flaps, superchip, k&n cold air intake, straightpiped, chrome tailpipe tip, v-led hid headlights w/halo, v-led hid foglights w/halo, kidde fire extinguisher w/bracket, maglite w/mounting bracket, cobra cb, firestik antenna, white gauges gauge face overlays, viair compressor, blue led interior lighting upgrade, hi lift 48" jack, hi lift jack base, wind deflectors for: hood, moon roof and windows, sony stereo, garmin nuvi gps, recovery D ring, interior mount keyed battery switch, custom dash brackets for gps, cb, sat radio, cellphone, bumper mount halogen reverse lights, cobra radar detector, smittybilt gear seat covers and tailgate organizer, browning rooftop camo cargo bags, grille insert, washer fluid reservoir relocation, foldup cargo carrier, aluminum side steps, addco rear swaybar, deer whistles, mobile one synthetic oil, slick 50 high mileage oil additive, k&n oil filter
TO DO:
reece front hitch, warn winch, elocker or arb front selectable locker, bulldog remote start, hi lift essential parts kit, 2-hella driving lights, gerry can and bracket, stinger bar, wood dash kit, snorkel, washer fluid heater, rear swing tire carrier, finish the skid plates, fender flares, addco front swaybar
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