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post #1 of 9 Old 11-18-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Battery screw up... (edited with solution/ total damages)

So I got this fantastic deal on a yellow top optima battery. I bought it, got it home and decided to hook her up. Unfortunately, I only had about 3 hours of sleep in me. I glanced at the tops and connected the cables. Sparks and smoke! The starter selonoid fried.

I have an electrically stock 1982 Jeep CJ7 with the 258 and manual tranny.

Here's my issue: almost everything works in the jeep. Lights, it cranks, etc... But it also has a Howell TBI kit. The constant for the TBI kit I stole from a red wire with white stripe near the ignition (factory wiring). From what my stupid eyes see, it looks like there is a red wire that goes from the starter selonoid to the ignition module with a relay between. Then the red wire turns into the red with white stripe that goes through the fire wall / fuse block area. I'm pretty sure this is the wire I've used as my constant on.

I'm hoping for suggestions here with what I cooked. Do you think ignition module? I'm hoping not my Howell TBI... Does anybody know the name of that relay I'm talking about between the starter selonoid and the ignition module? Better yet, maybe a part # so I can try replacing it first?

Thanks guys in advance. I just bought a house and funds are low so I'm trying to make this right without going too horribly broke :/

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-19-2011, 04:57 PM
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Can't help with the FI, don't have it.

The basics on the rest, a 12 volt test light. Check for power where its suspose to be, and fuses.


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post #4 of 9 Old 11-19-2011, 06:08 PM
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Look for fuse-able links too. They can be harder to find and diagnose.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-19-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the response. I do appreciate it. This is the first time I've done this in 15yrs of jeepin. I'm feeling pretty stupid
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This red wire with a white stripe?

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-19-2011, 06:40 PM
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Red/tr goes from solenoid to coil- splice back to module, also splice to neutral safety, then to fuse box. I beleive there is a resistance wire or fuseable link between solenoide and engine mod. Check fuse for ingition. With key on should have power to coil.

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Sweet! Thanks for the help guys. It's the red wire with white stripe thats under the dash near the ignition. I used it for constant on for the fuel injection.
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Just an update in case anybody else has this issue. I fried the computer and starter selonoid. Didn't find any fuseable links in that line. I finally broke down and paid a pro to fix it. As an FYI I called Howell and they said the computer could be bought locally using the matching Chevy part then put the Howell prom unit in it. All together cos me about $400 in parts, truely skilled labor, etc... A good dose of humility too...

I used the red wore with the white stripe as described above just for reference.
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