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post #1 of 4 Old 02-21-2011, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Turn ignition key and NADA...

Over the past 2-3 days I have been having a problem with starting. 97 TJ, 2.5, no mods. Get in, turn the key and no lights, no sounds, nothing. Today, trying to get to work I had the same experience so I left the key in the "ON" position and raised the hood, began visually inspecting around the PDC without touching anything and *POOF*... I hear the ding ding of the door open chime. Quick like a bunny hop in, turn the key and she starts. Recently changed the alternattor, all connections are tight, I checked the grounding braids, they're okay, found nothing loose anywhere, battery is hot (14.4 V). Any ideas? Thanks all in advance.

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-21-2011, 04:19 PM
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bad key transponder? the manual says they can be effected by other transponders or magnetic fields. never heard of one acting like that but its worth a check

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-24-2011, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it had to have been one of the battery cables. I figured I had to do something and started with the least costly option I could think of so after replacing both cables, I have not had any issues. Many thanks for the comeback. Been a lurker here for a good while and thought maybe it was time to sign up for a membership.

As a side note, this Wrangler had been sorely neglected by the original owner so after buying it in 2003, I am working my way down a list of tasks that are overdue and have gleaned so myuch valuable info from these forums I want to thank all the members for their input.
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I didn't know they had key transponders in '97. I would have figured something loose. I had a similar problem with my '95 ZJ and it turned out to be corrosion on the giant gauge cables between battery, starter, etc. I cleaned all the connections and never saw the problem again. Good luck.... hope it's an easy fix.
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ignition problem , no start

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