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Unread 09-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Jeep wont start after genright fender install.

Sooo this is frustrating as all heck.
Just finished installing my genright tube fenders on my 2000 TJ and im so impressed with this product I can't believe it. The jeep looks like an entirely different vehicle. However, these fenders came with LED turn signals and a signal relay to allow the LED's to blink. I installed them and to my knowledge, properly. I wanted to go cruise my jeep and it won't start. I turn the key, and nothing happens. The only thing different is that I have an airbag light come on my gauge cluster. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the battery and it didn't work, and yes the battery is good I load tested it. It doesn't make sense to me, any ideas as to what happened would be appreciated!!

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Unread 09-13-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Are the terminals clean?
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Unread 09-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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Take the LED out of the equation and wire it back the way it was before installing LED. If it starts you know it has to do with the LED turn signals.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 01:12 PM   #4
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did you have to move the fuse box out of the way? you may have knocked something loose in the fuse box when you where changing fenders theres a asd relay fuel pump relay? that could be disturbed. i really cant imagine how the leds could effect it but anythings possible. i would start checking fuses and relays. does it crank if you jump the starter relay?
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Unread 09-13-2013, 03:20 PM   #5
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If you had to move the battery tray, there's a sender on the bottom of that tray that needs to be connected in order for the Jeep to allow power from the battery.

Hope that helps.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #6
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I would make sure your fuse box is properly grounded, I had this when I installed my rokmen fenders and it turned out to be a bad ground on my fuse box.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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Also, you may want to check the small wire going to the starter solenoid.
I accidentally caught mine while changing my oil filter.
Confused the hell outta me for a good hour.

Also check for any corrosion on all your electrical connections.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 05:56 PM   #8
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When you turn the key to the run position, what works and what doesn't? When you turn the key to the start/crank position what works and what doesn't? Does the starter turn over but it doesn't start? Give us more info and we can help a little better maybe.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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When I turn the key all the way on, nothing happens. What I mean is, gauges move to where they are supposed to be, fuel pump makes noise, it just won't start at all. The only clue I have is a light on my dash that says Airbag that was never there before.
I tried disconnecting the battery (both terminals) for upwards of 6 minutes to see if that would reset the computer and no luck. The only wiring I touched was re soldering the LED turn signals onto existing wire leads, and installing a turn signal resistor underneath the steering column to allow the LED's to blink.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 04:07 PM   #10
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If you have an airbag light on and you were messing around under the steering colum are you sure you got in the proper wire? You say it doesn't start. We get that but does it atleast crank over?
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Unread 09-14-2013, 04:53 PM   #11
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Look where you did your cuts on the battery side and make sure you didn't slice thru something. Its very easy to cut thru something with a Sawzall or cut off wheel and not know it. Check the relays and fuses too for the ECM.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 09:42 PM   #12
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Wow okay so I figured it out

sduncan you hit the nail on the head

Turns out when I was cutting on the battery side my sawzall clipped the wire cluster coming out of the fuse box just enough to slice three of the wires, the result of this was a blown starter relay

If I didn't start this thread, the jeep would still be parked. Thanks to all of you!!
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