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Unread 04-07-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Jump Start Problem

So, I had to run up to the part store to get some small items and asked my neighbor to jump start my rig while I was gone. Well, I got home and the jumpers were on the ground with one of the terminal ripped off the positive side of the jumper cable. I grabbed them and they were warm to the touch.
I jumped in my rig to see if he was able to jump it and nothing. I went over to my neighbors to see what the deal was and he decided to go out shopping with his wife.
I'm sitting here fricking pissed because I'm not sure what's up

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Unread 04-07-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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Was it stone dead when you left it for him to jump? Have you tried jumping it yourself since finding the cables like that?

Before I replaced my alternator I had a current drain problem and would have to jump my CJ every few days if I didn't drive it. The cables would get warm/hot like you describe. I replaced the cables in the jeep first to make sure they weren't corroded inside the jacket and causing excessive resistance but that didn't solve the problem. Turns out it was crappy jumper cables. They were the discount parts store kind that only have the wire crimped into the clamp and mine had the insulation crimped into the connection as well. I unfolded the crimps, stripped back the insulation, re-crimped and soldered the connections and it was a night and day difference.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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Tried to jump it myself with a higher quality jumper cable and I'm getting a ticking noise from the solenoid. I have a new battery, positive and negative cable.....
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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Tried to jump it myself with a higher quality jumper cable and I'm getting a ticking noise from the solenoid. I have a new battery, positive and negative cable.....
May be its time for a new starter or replace the the starter solenoid.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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According to my brother, when I tried to jump it, I didn't let the charge to long enough. I admit that when I did it the jumpers were hooked up maybe two minutes.
I'm going to purchase a trickle charger tomorrow (I need one for long term storage anyways) and give that a try. Rather start off cheap than replacing parts that may not need to be.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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Make sure the battery is fully charged and try again. If you don't get anything, Then check the ignition module.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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If your starter is old, it may be going bad. I had the same problem with cables getting really hot. I put in a new starter, and problem solved. I think it was only 30 or so dollars at Advance Auto. Cheap insurance if you ask me.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 08:26 PM   #8
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I have one of these. I left it on all winter never had an issue.
http://www.harborfreight.com/automat...ger-42292.html
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