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Unread 01-12-2010, 06:15 PM   #31
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I too have this same problem. I am interested in cutting out the links and putting in 20 amp breakers as stated before by another poster. Is the 20 amp breakers the correct size? Thanks.

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Unread 01-12-2010, 09:04 PM   #32
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Ok, I have replaced the fusible links with breakers and still nothing, I have power at the coil with the key on and power at the alternator with the key off. I have power to nothing else. Could the ignition switch be bad? It has been sticking on me for the last few weeks. I have also tried jumping the solenoid and nothing. I think I am going to get the battery tested in the morning.

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Unread 01-13-2010, 05:46 AM   #33
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Ok, I have replaced the fusible links with breakers and still nothing, I have power at the coil with the key on and power at the alternator with the key off. I have power to nothing else. Could the ignition switch be bad? It has been sticking on me for the last few weeks. I have also tried jumping the solenoid and nothing. I think I am going to get the battery tested in the morning.
Yup, sure time to check the battery, But.....

The headlights are independent of the ignition switch, so if no headlights, you have a serious connection issue. Did you remove the connections at the fender solenoid and clean them?

To jump a CJ solenoid and get a hard starter turn no matter the ignition switch I use a booster cable from the battery positive to the starter side post of the solenoid. This will turn the starter if the starter is good and the cable down to it is good.

I also use a booster cable from the battery negative to verify the grounds. I would be clamping it in the body tub at this point thinking the tub has lost it;s ground because of no headlights.
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Unread 01-13-2010, 11:04 AM   #34
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It was the ground. Replaced the battery cables on both the + and - and made sure the ground bolt was clean and also put some dielectric grease on it. Started right up!
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Unread 01-13-2010, 01:17 PM   #35
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It was the ground. Replaced the battery cables on both the + and - and made sure the ground bolt was clean and also put some dielectric grease on it. Started right up!
Excellent. Check out what was written in post #2 on this thread:

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Check and clean all battery cable grounding locations! Scrape, file, wire brush to clean down to "bare" metal. If that doesn't fix it, check battery cables for corrosion, breaks and replace as needed.
Glad it was ultimately an easy fix! It goes to show you that with Jeeps and computers, never assume that the basics are correct.
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Unread 01-13-2010, 02:17 PM   #36
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I know. I was being stubborn. I thought that it couldnt be the ground!
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