Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Little River, SC
So, more wiring was removed from the Jeep today, and she now starts with a key!!! Come to find out, and this is solely my opinion, but here's what had happened to my Jeep with the PO.
The key was lost for the ignition. No big deal. The PO removed the steering wheel, removed 2 of the 3 screws from the turn signal cam, but the last one wouldn't budge. The turn signal lever was "removed" by accidental force, and everything was put back together with the plans to bypass the ignition lock switch.
Phase two, the PO digs through the wiring on the steering column, finds the power interrupt switch, and searches around to find which wires make the Jeep go vroom. PO goes to put the switch back on, puts the white plug (which controls the starter solenoid) on upside down, putting the wires in the wrong spot, and accidentally rips two wires out, causing him to have to put spade terminals on the ends and stick them where he thought they went. Jeep won't start without keeping the starter motor spinning. Somehow the starter is now getting constant power. Imagine that. Well, the smartest thing to do here is go get an old extension cord and a doorbell switch and some solder...wait, we can just twist the bare wires together and push them up against the steel dash, we don't need no stinking solder! Fast forward to 6 beers later and we not have a Jeep that can evidentally be started with the push of a doorbell, possibly a garage door opener, or just plugging it in to the wall! Now, what we need to be sure not to do is to tell the new owner any of this stuff so he can find out all on his own.
I go out to rip out the extension cords, and spend the better part of 3 hours trying to track down why there is constant power going to the starter, searching every inch of wiring for two that may have melted and stuck together, or possibly just twisted together to the wrong spot, only to start scavenging parts from my other CJ that I know are good, such as the power interrupt switch which requires the unbolting of both steering columns and dashes, starter solenoids, etc. I finally go back and look at where the wires are on the good CJ vs. the new one and find that the PO put the wires on the power interrupt switch upside down, causing constant power to the 'S' side of the starter solenoid. Insert bad words here. 5 minutes later, and we had the wiring straight. Time to pull the steering wheel to get the lock cylinder out. yeah....not as easy as it sounds. Evidently, that 3rd screw that wouldn't come out was made of hardened titanium from a space shuttle as it ate 5 drill bits before I could just drill through the head enough to break it off and get the rest of it with a pair of vice grips. Soon, I will have a nice working Jeep. Soon. I am off to advance auto to get a new lock cylinder right now. I couldn't bare to take it from the other jeep. I have already robbed it of it's wiper switch and headlight switch. I am a horrible horrible person! At least I have 2 Jeeps though!
I NEED A SINGLE 15X8 MICKEY THOMPSON OR SIMILAR ALUMINUM BULLET HOLE WHEEL!!!!