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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2010, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with ignition

So I just got my CJ5 and the guy I bought it from let it sit for 3 years. I have replaced the solenoid, the solenoid to starter wire, and had the starter tested. The old solenoid would click when I turn the key, but the new one will not even do that. When I switch back the old solenoid will still click. I tried jumping the new solenoid and it will click, but not keep spinning. Any and all help is appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-25-2010, 10:13 PM
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Obvious question: Is the battery good?

A solenoid is just a switch. A multimeter set to ohms and one lead placed on each big post, while someone turns the key will tell you if it is working.

If it is I would make sure that I had a good ground going to the starter driectly from the battery, and verify that all the connections from my battery all the way to the starter were clean and tight
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-25-2010, 10:46 PM
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Try a different battery or jump it with another vehicle. Make sure to go to ground somewhere OTHER than the battery in the Jeep, if you try a jump.

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-25-2010, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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This gonna sound stupid but I did not know I had to ground the starter. This is my first jeep and really my first car project. I guess the ground cable got lost during the 3 years it was sitting in a barn I have a brand new battery in it so do I just ground it directly to the battery and where do I connect the ground wire? Thanks for the replies btw
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-25-2010, 10:57 PM
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Connect the other end to a starter mounting bolt
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-26-2010, 03:43 AM
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do a search on jeephammers dedicated grounds this will not only ground your starter but alot of things we seem to forget ---and is very cheap up-grade---good luck
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-26-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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OK so that was just a grounding issue, but unfortunately when I got it working I found out the engine is seized up. So I think I will drop a Chevy 350 I have laying around into it. Does anyone have any advice or links to parts I will need? My Jeep is a 73 with the AMC 304 and a T18 Transmission. Thanks for the help so far
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