I've had the battery dead for about 5 days and I've been working on different things under it. Had to replace the battery because it wouldn't turn over or take a jump. Installed an inline battery cutoff thinking that something is draining on the battery. New battery, engine cranks and fires once but will not start. I put some starter fluid in, same thing. Last night the carb puffed white smoke. Any ideas? I haven't touched any of the starting pieces?
Run a wire from the POS(+)side of your battery to the POS(+)side of your coil.
Try start'n it. IF it's starts now, you have a bad IGN. switch i'll bet
As per the battery drain. I bet it's via your alt.
Disconnect the alt, and reconnect the battery and let it sit for a few days. AFTER you fully recharge the battery.
NEVER let a dead/flat battery sit as batteries have a memory.......
check the timing, hook up a timing light and crank it and watch where the timing marks line up. i had to start a engine that way once because it was so far off. or put your finger in number and tap it over until it pops out and see if your close on the crank.
I had issues with the fan belt and I had to replace it. Is there any chance I could have thrown the timing off? The belt wasn't turning the pulleys? I'm guessing timing is gonna be the next thing even though I really don't know what I'm doing! Lol another jeep learning experience!
Keep in mind that your timing is set by the timing chain, not the belts. The belts just turn your accessories like the water pump and fan. If I were you and it starts to crank when you put starting fluid in it is make sure that you get fuel to the carb. Try taking off the air cleaner and making sure that your accelerator pump can squirt fuel in, that will be an indicator of whether or not it has fuel as long as the diaphragm for that isn't blown. If it has caught once or twice for you already I would assume that your timing is alright enough for it to at least get started.
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