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Old 11-12-2003, 06:48 AM
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Help! engine won't start

Hello friends,
My jeep(80 CJ-7 W/258 I6) drove me to the store yesterday and would not start when I came out. It started acting funny last week. It acted like the battery was dying. When I tried to start it it would click or not turn over. I put jump cables on it from another car and it didn't help much. Then a few minutes later I tried it one last time w/o cables attached and it turned over and started with no problem.
Currently, I'm getting gage readings when I turn the key back indicating around 14 volts, but when I turn the key forward to start it the volts are low8-9range and I get the familiar clicking or nothing. I've recently put a new started on it and the battery is new. I originally thought that was my problem.
Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 11-12-2003, 06:52 AM
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Check your battery cable connection at the starter. And the ignition wires also at the starter. They tend to "harden" and may have broken internally.
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Old 11-12-2003, 06:54 AM
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You might also clean the battery posts and the inside of the cable ends at the battery.
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Old 11-12-2003, 09:21 AM
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Battery posts & cables were cleaned and checked. Connection to the battery is solid. The pos. cable runs from the battery to the started soleniod to the starter.
Would a bad starter solenoid possible cause these problems?
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Old 11-12-2003, 09:43 AM
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Battery posts & cables were cleaned and checked. Connection to the battery is solid. The pos. cable runs from the battery to the started soleniod to the starter.
Would a bad starter solenoid possible cause these problems?
Yes.

The other things can also and are the cheapest and easiest things to check first.
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Old 11-12-2003, 09:46 AM
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Sounds like the battery took a crap. Do you have another car you can swap in a different battery and try it?
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I'm going out to get a starter soleniod. I'll let you all know how it turns out. Hopefully "CJ" won't have to spend the night at the store again. Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:12 PM
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Make sure all your electrical connections are clean and tight. May be as simple as that.
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i had that some problem, but with a volkswagen bus. And mine never did start again. turned out my motor seized... while starting. stupid vw's. i still lover though, i hope she didn't hear that.
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Old 11-13-2003, 08:39 AM
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Good news! "CJ" started and drove home from the store last night. I replaced the starter soleniod and the pos. battery cable.
Thanks to all that helped!
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