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93ZJDave 03-11-2013 08:26 PM

help with my chief.
So i started on my chief and it hasnt been touched it over 20 years the wiring harness is a mess so i replaced the harness with a spare i still cant seem to get the motor to turn over i tried everything and cant seem to even get it to click any idea what im doing wrong? Maybe something isnt grounded right i even tried jumping the solenoid and nothing

dbabicky 03-11-2013 09:50 PM

Have you tried to manually turn it over with a breaker bar/socket on the crank?

93ZJDave 03-11-2013 10:59 PM

Yeah i had the motor down to bare block it turns by hand but the electrical its kinda a mess my uncle started a frame up 22 years ago and i got it now to finish it and well its a mess lol i have a chilton manual which helps a bit im pretty sure the harness is wired right i cant get the starter to work i have a spare starter and it dont work either i gotta be missing something

pleontks 03-11-2013 11:35 PM

We totally need the year

For the starter to go, you have wire from battery to solenoid, large wire from other side of solenoid to starter, and groudf from starter/engine to battery. You already know how to jump the solenoid, so if you have those wires and good connection, you should be able to get the starter to engage.

93ZJDave 03-12-2013 10:52 AM

Sorry its a 1979 chief with a 360 quadratrac and th400. I have the wire from the battery to the solenoid then from the solenoid to the starter i have the negative going to a bolt on the head and the smaller wire grounded on the fender well. I can get the solenoid to click but thats it but thats when i jump power to the smaller post on the top of the solenoid if i jump it from post to post to bypass the solenoid nothing happens.

pleontks 03-12-2013 04:49 PM

Check for continuity on your wires. They could be broken in the middle and look fine.

RockRollin 03-12-2013 05:46 PM

Has either starter been bench tested? Have you checked the solenoid wire for continuity?

93ZJDave 03-12-2013 06:07 PM


93ZJDave 03-12-2013 06:15 PM

No i havent done any of that im new to this jeep it tried jumping both starters with jumper cables ground on the body and positive on the terminal and nothing im not sure what up maybe i have a bad ground or something the jeep was a project of my uncle and he never finished it sat since 1990 untouched so who know whats wrong i tried startingnit witg the key only the brake lights comes on. The jeep its stripped right now so there not much in or on it most of the wiring isnt installed.

RockRollin 03-12-2013 07:23 PM

I would make sure the starters are working before I started chasing wires. Chasing shorts is my least favorite thing on a vehicle btw:p

93ZJDave 03-12-2013 07:28 PM

Is there a way to see if a starters good or should i just take it to get it tested? 20 years ago when they were working on it everything was new so pretty much everything was new 20 years ago but that dont mean much.

RockRollin 03-12-2013 09:05 PM

Could take it in and test. I've done it with jumper cables, but it always has spooked me a little

93ZJDave 03-12-2013 09:17 PM

I tried jumper cables on both the starters i have i clip the negative to a bolt ear on the start and positive to the brass post on it and and i get nothing maybe from sitting there shot

dbabicky 03-14-2013 12:39 AM


Originally Posted by 93ZJDave (Post 15125235)
I tried jumper cables on both the starters i have i clip the negative to a bolt ear on the start and positive to the brass post on it and and i get nothing maybe from sitting there shot

Starter's shot !

93ZJDave 03-14-2013 11:36 AM

I had a feeling it was ill look into a new one figures that i have 2 here and they are both bad.

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