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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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No start, lights, NOTHING. *ive searched*

Okay so, before anyone says anything, I know there is a search feature, and I have used it extensively, and I've tried everything I've found.

Earlier today I got in my jeep and rode about 2 miles total. Everything was fine and normal. About 1 1/2 hours later I get in and notice my lights didn't turn on when I opened the door like they normally do. So I tried to start it, and nothing happened. So I went in and brought my dad out, and he tried. The interior lights came on but they were very dim. Second time he tried, the gauges went crazy. When he would turn on the headlights, the gauge back lights would flicker really quickly, and same thing for the turning signals, and hazards. Now, after we've replaced the battery and cleaned the terminals we got it to start once. That one time it started up like normal. Ever since then it's done nothing. Absolutely nothing happens when you turn the key.
I really hope this is a semi cheap fix because there isn't money available to be thrown at everything electrical as 100 bucks for a battery was already wasted.

Thanks for the help

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Unread 10-12-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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When I replaced my battery cable terminals (yes...terminals only..not entire cables) ..upon cutting off old terminal and stripping back cable insulation for new connection I was shocked to see both cables (underneath insulation) were thoroughly "caked" with corrosion. Yours could be this way too and when you were moving them around (cleaning terminals / putting new battery in) that could've loosened up some of the corrosion to get that one start out of it. Take them off battery... bend them back & forth a bit and put them back on and see if you get another start.

If that doesn't do anything bring your alternator in to your local auto parts store for a free test.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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When I replaced my battery cable terminals (yes...terminals only..not entire cables) ..upon cutting off old terminal and stripping back cable insulation for new connection I was shocked to see both cables (underneath insulation) were thoroughly "caked" with corrosion. Yours could be this way too and when you were moving them around (cleaning terminals / putting new battery in) that could've loosened up some of the corrosion to get that one start out of it. Take them off battery... bend them back & forth a bit and put them back on and see if you get another start. If that doesn't do anything bring your alternator in to your local auto parts store for a free test.
Thanks man! I replaced the terminals and the wire was corroded like crazy for like an inch and a half of wire. Works now!
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Unread 10-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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Thanks man! I replaced the terminals and the wire was corroded like crazy for like an inch and a half of wire. Works now!

Awesome!!

I was kind of "going out on a limb" on that one too...
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