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Unread 06-12-2012, 07:21 AM   #1
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97 TJ intermittent Starting Problems

Wow, I do hate intermittent problems.

I have a 97 TJ 4.0 with manual trans. Intermittently it won't start. I turn the key and nothing, no clicks or anything. There is power and lights but no starter. If I wait a while and try again, it sometimes works. It seems to do this about once every 10 starts or so. Usually when I'm in a hurry, LOL.

It's driving me nuts. Could it be the starter, the clutch safety switch, a solenoid???

Please help

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Unread 06-12-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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Start by disconnecting the wires from the battery and starter and cleaning off any corrosion.
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Unread 06-12-2012, 08:11 AM   #3
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I would start, as Jason said, with the connector that goes from the battery to the starter. The one in my wife's 2000 rusted through and I didn't know it was going till it was gone...at a bad time of course
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Unread 06-12-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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When it's not working, hold the key in the start position and have someone tap the starter with a hammer...
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intermittent , solenoid , starter , tj

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