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post #1 of 5 Old 10-14-2009, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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cj5 trouble

hey Y'all today I got a new member to my jeep family, A cj5 here:

sorry if its big and the bad spelling just hang in with me while I explain, anyway so check this out redneck inginuety at it's finest. Jeep wont start. know idea whats wrong seized engine or what? new battery new starter, so that means that something is drawing from the battery because it will get fire or it wont at random (bad grounds). I take 2 batterys and run them from the battery under the hood to a good ground on the body positive is on nothing. then I run my second battery to the starter negative and positive, place the key ignition to on and put the positive on 2nd battery. CRANNNNKKK VROOOOM fired right up. With the help of some starting fluid. What the heck is wrong . where do i start. should i just rip out the whole wireing or is there a way to trouble shoot. I'm kinda inclined to figure that out but I dunno. Any thoughts?

Whatch for my build. it will include body reconstruction: full widths, stretch and some 39's

p.s. IT ALREADY HAS A FULL CAGE!!! oh yea 500 bucks

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-14-2009, 10:34 PM
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Looks like a fun project waiting to happen, have fun! Not much for wiring, just had to welcome you to the CJ forum.
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thanks im so excited i cant sleep. hey sleep rhymes with jeep.....................see what I mean
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-15-2009, 07:19 AM
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Start by making sure you have good grounds from the battery to the engine, frame, and starter. Rust and dirt can take out these connections, and even inf you have to run new cables or replace some old ones, it is cheap insurance.
Make sure your starter solenoid is well grounded to the inner fender. Then run a "hot" wire to the small "S" terminal on the solenoid (don't worry about the "I") from a known good battery. The solenoid should open, meaning power flows thru the solenoid from the battery + to the starter + terminal. Apparently your starter works OK, as you already jumped power to it directly, so odds are it is a problem with the solenoid or wiring. If running 12V directly to the solenoid "S" terminal turns the starter, your solenoid is good. Then make sure you are getting 12V to the same terminal when someone holds the key in the "start" position. If not, there's your problem.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-15-2009, 01:16 PM
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The solenoid should open,
Switches close to allow power thru..

Why are you going to stretch a '5? If you wanted longer wheelbase, why not go for the '7, which are much easier to find anymore...


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