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Unread 10-12-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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1974 Cj5 not getting ANY electrical power!!! help please

So I went to start my Jeep and nothing happened. I was having some starter issues prior to all this happening so I replaced the starter and still nothing happened. Then I realized none of the electrical worked, no lights, radio or anything. It doesn't have a wiring harness yet. I have recently moved and had to store my Jeep for a few months. I am wondering if it has an ignition module or what the problem could be, because I am 6 hours away and cant look for myself. and no it's not a dead battery lol

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Unread 10-12-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Your '74 should have points and no ignition module. A bad ignition module wouldn't take the entire electrical system out anyhow.

Not sure what you mean by it not having a wiring harness. If it doesn't have any wires that would explain why nothing works.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
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It is just wires, no harness or fuses. I just bought it and don't know much about it yet. When I bought it and drove it home everything worked, drove it once a week or so for a month, went to start it and it had no electrical
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Unread 10-12-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Unless you can get to it for troubleshooting any guess is just a complete crapshoot.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 10:09 PM   #5
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Have you checked the battery?

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Unread 10-12-2013, 10:45 PM   #6
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Hahahahaha. Not to be a Dic* but that was my first thought. Sometimes you just have to take a breath and realize not everyone is mechanically inclined. Your jeep has a wiring harness, it has to if everything worked when you drove it unless the PO was a complete idiot/genius and had everything on a time delay relay/toggle switch/ignition switch doohickey. Get a multimeter and trace your 12v and make sure its going to the right components. Check the battery and then re post and we'll go from there. If you don't hear a "click" when you turn the key, its most likely your battery or a connection. These things live on grounds and if you let them set, your battery is gonna die.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #7
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Try a different battery
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Unread 10-30-2013, 11:49 AM   #8
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For the 3rd time.. the battery is fine. Trust me, there is NO wiring harness. It has a "toggle switch wire doohicky". Thats why i dont know what the problem is. The battery is brand new its the first thing i replaced, then i started with checking wires and they are all getting power, then i checked grounds and they are all fine..
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Unread 10-30-2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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Bad ignition switch? There has to be a place somewhere that you have power on one side and don't on the other.

If there's no harness, its anybody's guess as to how the thing is wired. But if some jack-leg "rewired" it to make it "better" then you may have your work cut out for you.

You may have to draw up your own wiring diagram before you can begin to diagnose it.
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Unread 10-30-2013, 12:20 PM   #10
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Your CJ has a wiring harness or it wouldn't run. But it may not be in a wire loom with all he proper connections. I think that's where you are confused.

It sounds like your harness has been hacked up good. Don't discount the possibility that something may be draining your battery while the engine is off.

As CSP said, without further diagnoses on your part there are countless possibilities for what may be wrong.

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Unread 10-31-2013, 09:41 AM   #11
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Pictures would help. Also it can't be wired just off a toggle switch. You would need something to cycle the starter or it would burn up, unless you're engaging/diengaging the starter with the toggle switch?Post some pics so we can at least understand what you're dealing with because the description "toggle switch doohickey" does nothing for us to help you.
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