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post #1 of 13 Old 01-22-2011, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Engine won't fire up

I've searched around and have found things that come close to the problem I am having but not exactly, so hopefully someone can help out here.

The issue:

Got into the jeep today and turned the key, it tried its hardest but just wouldn't fire up. All the electronics work, and the battery is good. I checked the terminals and they are fine.

The jeep has been sitting for about a month (i travel a lot for work), so I'm wondering if some water froze in my fuel lines and did some damage. I tried spraying some starter fluid through the air intake and that gave it a quick jumpstart but then nothing, it just keeps cranking after it has burned that off, but never actually starts. After the fourth attempt at this (also not real sure if this good to do or not) I heard a grinding noise, the jeep started shaking pretty violently, then a little puff of smoke appeared from under the hood. I decided to call it quits for the day after that.

Does anybody know what this issue could be? I would prefer to fix it myself if possible. Oh yeah it is a 2007 with 43,000 miles

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-22-2011, 10:27 PM
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Sounds like its not getting any fuel, since its firing up on the starter fluid and shutting down immediately. Personally, I don't recommend using starter fluid on fuel injected vehicles.

When you turn the key to the run position do hear the fuel pump run?

Have you tried disconnecting the battery for five minutes?
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-23-2011, 01:41 AM
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Can you cycle the key like three times to see if it's throwing a code?

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The jeep has been sitting for about a month (i travel a lot for work), so I'm wondering if some water froze in my fuel lines and did some damage.
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Sounds like its not getting any fuel, since its firing up on the starter fluid and shutting down immediately. Personally, I don't recommend using starter fluid on fuel injected vehicles.

When you turn the key to the run position do hear the fuel pump run?

Have you tried disconnecting the battery for five minutes?

If it is cold enough there, you very well could have an ice blockage...maybe get it inside and use some dry gas.

I agree with tavic's comment also.....

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-23-2011, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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I can hear the fuel pump running and I disconnected the battery and let it sit for 20 minutes...still nothing.

I thought about an ice blockage since it had been fairly cold here, but I don't know if it has been cold enough. Plus it was 60 here yesterday. I did add some more new gas as well and water remover...still nothing.

As far as getting a code...do I just go turn the key from the off position to the run position and repeat three times and leave in the run position on the third time within ten seconds or something to that effect?

I enjoy wrenching on the jeep, but I'm new to this and trying to learn. Thanks for the help.
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I'm thinking now that you should check the battery voltage under load. Especially if it is the original. Don't assume that it's ok, these JK's need their juice...

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-23-2011, 08:45 AM
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Check the cam sensor. They are known to be a problem. Some times my engine will crank but not start. Most often when it's hot outside.

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If you know how to use them correctly, use jumper cables to another vehicle and see if it starts. If it does, it is reasonable to start assuming your battery is weak.

Alternatively, remove your battery and take it to a local parts store and have them check it. You may have enough volts, but what you need to measure is amperage.

If you have the factory battery, my guess is that it is ready for a funeral.

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-23-2011, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I've tried jumping the battery...still nothing...it just keeps cranking but never fires.

I'm about to pull it out and take it to autozone anyways to just see.
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If that's the case it could be a fuel pump or something with your ingnition system.
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post #11 of 13 Old 01-23-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Quick Update

When I was pulling the battery, I noticed that some of my wires were frayed/chewed up that go into a harness directly in front of the battery. I just decided to take it to the stealership and let them deal with. Hope the aftermarket warranty covers it, just don't want to pay the deductible.
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Quick Update

When I was pulling the battery, I noticed that some of my wires were frayed/chewed up that go into a harness directly in front of the battery. I just decided to take it to the stealership and let them deal with. Hope the aftermarket warranty covers it, just don't want to pay the deductible.
Cool, be sure to update us on what they find.
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Quick Update

When I was pulling the battery, I noticed that some of my wires were frayed/chewed up that go into a harness directly in front of the battery. I just decided to take it to the stealership and let them deal with. Hope the aftermarket warranty covers it, just don't want to pay the deductible.
Maybe an animal? One of the pilots I work with left his car at the hangar for a couple weeks and during that time a squirrel chewed up some wires around the engine. He popped the hood to jump start it and the squirrel jumped out. He screamed like a little *****. It was hilarious.
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