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post #1 of 4 Old 10-07-2003, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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CJ won't stay started

I have a '78 CJ7 with 305 V8.

My trouble started the other day when I went to start it and it fired up only to die when I released the key. Each time it does the same thing- turn the key, it starts, release the key, it dies.

Any idea's?


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post #2 of 4 Old 10-07-2003, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot to add that it will on occasion stay started.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-07-2003, 11:43 AM
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Sounds like a poor connection. Could be in the ingnition switch, colum or solinoid. Now finding out which on it is will be the fun part. Get a multimeter and check for continuity.
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I have an 83 CJ that had this problem. Does a 78 have an ECM computer?

If so, there is a heave guage red wire coming out of one of the connectors that has a factory splice up near the firewall side of the fuse panel. This splice may have come undone or become very corroded. Thats what was causing my problems.

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