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post #1 of 7 Old 07-12-2019, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, been working on my Jeep Yj, did a lift, new tires, etc.

Well, work never ends, lol. Went to start it this morning and nothing. New battery and new starter/solenoid, still no start. Drove it after the lift for a week or so, so I dont think I messed anything up while doing it.

The steering wheel didnt want to unlock this morning, and finally got it unlocked, now it's a bit harder to turn to the on position. Stereo and all turns on, just no crank of the engine. Bridging the solenoid didnt start it. Could this be a sign of the Cylinder ignition?

Thanks for any help.on this!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-14-2019, 07:02 PM
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It’s going to be in the steering wheel ignition cylinder. Especially if you had a tough time getting it unlocked. That’s a ***** of a job too. Lotta stuff jammed in there. Last time I had to dig in there I lost my horn. That was three years ago, I just yell loudly now.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-15-2019, 07:37 AM
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If you jumped the terminals in the starter either the starter is bad or the cables that bring power to the starter are bad. Are you getting 12v to the starter?

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-15-2019, 08:50 AM
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You probably did when you lifted it and it took a while. The steering column is suppose to slide and its very common for it to be rusted and not expand. Also the bearing for the steering shaft bushing is common to pop out and fail. The ujoint is the final thing to check.

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...t-pics-741968/

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-15-2019, 11:39 AM
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You probably did when you lifted it and it took a while. The steering column is suppose to slide and its very common for it to be rusted and not expand. Also the bearing for the steering shaft bushing is common to pop out and fail. The ujoint is the final thing to check.

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...t-pics-741968/

http://www.jeepz.com/forum/cj-yj-tj-...n-u-joint.html

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...e-help-792598/

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...stuck-3415578/
This is true but the steering column sliding wouldn't have anything to do with the vehicle not starting....at least I wouldn't think it would.

I recently ran into a similar issue. To make a long story short, I took the starter out and tested it. I took a pair of jumper cables and had the negative on the case of the starter by the bolt-hole and the positive on the big lug that doesn't have the wire attached. I then jumped the positive side to the little screw that sticks out that triggers the starter and nothing happened. So I changed the starter and that worked.

But then shortly after, I couldn't get it started. It would crank but not turn over. I checked the gas and it was getting to the fuel rail. I then checked for a spark and couldn't see one from the coil pack. Looked closer and it looks like it's the original ignition coil and it had a huge crack down both sides and was showing rusting flakes from the bottom.

If the starter engages and the engine turns but doesn't start, take a look at the ignition coil. You can test it using the procedure here:

https://www.fixjeeps.com/jeep-ignition-coil.html

Now on the other hand, since you're having problems with getting your steering wheel unlocked, I wonder if there may be something going on with your steering column....like the security lock not disengaging.

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By any chance are you having issue with the horn not working?

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-16-2019, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I figured it out!! After replacing everything.... lol, it was a bad wire to the starter. I didnt have a volt meter (I do now!!) And the positive lead was tight under the clamps, so never gave it a second thought. Well, underneath the clamps were a different story.

Guess I learned a lesson, check the most obvious thing first! Even if it seems "ok".
Thanks guys!
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