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Unread 04-26-2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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CJ Jeep Starting Problems

I own a 1979 CJ 5 jeep with a 258 and manual trans. I let the jeep sit for two years. When I went ot start the jeep the starter would not disengage. I had the starter rebuilt andreplaced the battery. Still same problem. What can I do to fix this thanks?

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Unread 04-26-2004, 11:35 AM   #2
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I'm guessing here but the next electrical thing in line would be the solenoid.

Try banging it and attempt to start teh vehicle again.

After that check the ground of teh solenoid, the mounting bracket, if it doesn't have a good ground it will not work right.

After tht I would start looking for wiring that is shorted together.

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Unread 04-26-2004, 12:06 PM   #3
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It sounds like the solenoid to me too. You can short it out of the circuit by using jumper cables between the battery (positive) and the starter side of the solenoid to verify. You can also short the battery post and starter post of the relay (solenoid) to do the same thing.

I recently revived my CJ7, and had to wire brush most of the electrical connections. From reading this forum, bad terminal connections seem to be a common Jeep problem.
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Unread 04-26-2004, 01:43 PM   #4
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I own a 1979 CJ 5 jeep with a 258 and manual trans. I let the jeep sit for two years. When I went ot start the jeep the starter would not disengage. I had the starter rebuilt andreplaced the battery. Still same problem. What can I do to fix this thanks?
Just for clarity's sake, I'm assuming you mean that the starter motor won't stop cranking, not necessarily that the starter motor drive gear won't retract. If that's right then your starter solenoid is highly suspect. Take a test lamp and look for signal from the IGn Switch on the solenoid. It should die when the key is not in the start position. If there's no signal from the IGN SWT and the starter is still cranking, then your solenoid is bad.
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Unread 04-26-2004, 05:53 PM   #5
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i just re-ran my hot wire that goes into the fuse panel. all the connections were pretty crappy, got the wire brush and cleaned them all out. put it all back together and starts like a champ. all it took was a few hours and a couple beers.
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Unread 04-27-2004, 12:16 PM   #6
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Glad to hear you are OK, for now.

You should put that same effort into the ground system; grounds always go bad on Jeeps.
You see what the other connections looked like, well the grounds are probably more corroded than that.
If you do re-do the grounds, use a conductive paste on the connections.

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