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post #1 of 6 Old 07-10-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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92 yj starting/electrical/ignition problems?

Jeep was running and starting good with no problems. I let it set for awhile to work on it (1 week). I cleaned the engine with a powerwasher and let it dry for several days. (possibly got water on the fuse block that did not have a cover, even though I taped it off). Took the battery out and charged it (has the correct voltage), put it back in, and tried to start it. I turned the key, normal dash lights came on and as I continued to engage the starter, I heard a click and all the dash warning lights went off and stayed off. I checked the fuses in the block under the hood and the fuses inside near the emergency brake and they looked fine. Nothing. Thinking maybe one of the relays needed a reset, I unhooked the battery, re-hooked (is that a word?) back, and went through the process again. Once again the lights came on when I turned the key but when i got to the ignition part of the key turn, one click, all warning lights stayed out, and turning the key back to start, then back, and nothing. No warning lights, nothing. Did this about five times and the same result.

Questions: 1. Could it be a starter relay in the fuse block( the square silver ones across from the fuses? (Are these relays?)) or a maxi fuse?
2. Could it be the starter solenoid?
3. Does the jeep need to"rocked" to get the starter out of a bind?
4. Do I need to have it towed to a shop for diagnosis and pay the big bucks?

All help is appreciated and if you were around where I live, I would buy you a beer for your help.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-22-2012, 01:54 PM
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It may not be the right answer but it will point you in the right direction, sounds like a starter solenoid going bad, it will draw amperage and overload it causing it to almost have the symptoms of a short, try tapping on the starter with a block of wood to prevent touching cables in the back but before you do inspect the rear connections on the back of the starter make sure they are clean and making good contact. Good luck.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-22-2012, 03:30 PM
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Sounds like a bad connection. Check the connections at the battery, starter, and the engine ground. Everything is working but when you hit the key it burns the tiny connection you have and doesn't let the big power needed through to start the jeep.

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Not the starter relay. You should be a little smarter about the spraying. You have a bad battery connection Check all your main power and ground wires. Use a set of jumper cables to bypass each until you find out which one is bad.
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What ended fixing this problem? I have exact same issue. Jeep was running fine yesterday and all the sudden this exact description is happening.
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Originally Posted by Gunz17_92YJ View Post
What ended fixing this problem? I have exact same issue. Jeep was running fine yesterday and all the sudden this exact description is happening.
I doubt he's going to answer you since he's posted here once in 2012.

I'd follow the advice given by Que in the post above yours and check your connections...

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