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1997 Wrangler 2.5 Won't Start (Cranks But No Gauges)

KJMills1209

New Member
Joined
May 14, 2022
Messages
1
Location
Lancaster, PA
Pulled the Wrangler out after winter. Ran great for the first few trips. Was driving down the road, about 5 minutes into the drive it shut down. Lost all gauges. Pulled over, sat for a few while cranking and it fired back up. Drove to Maryland with no issues, other than why at felt like 2 quick cut outs in 5th gear. Fired up and drove back to PA with no issues. Next trip was perfectly fine. After that, was backing out of the driveway and it died. Again, a few minutes of cranking and it fired. Pulled back in the driveway and let it sit. The next day, I attempted again to take it out on the road. Backed out and it died. Cranked for a few, fired up and pulled back in. Hasn’t started since. I did notice, that it will only fire when the dash gauges come to life. If t he y don’t come up, it will not start.

Brand new fuel pump, brand new CPS. Pins 2 and 22 on the PCM have 12v. Sounds like the fuel pump is not coming on when key is turned. All fuses are good. I’m at an absolute loss. Help!!!
 

SSTJ

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Aug 24, 2019
Messages
1,912
Location
South Carolina
Welcome to the forum. I too have a 97. Watching to see what kind of advice you get.
 

TJ4Jim

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Joined
Dec 9, 2015
Messages
3,456
Location
Brookings, Oregon
Pulled the Wrangler out after winter. Ran great for the first few trips. Was driving down the road, about 5 minutes into the drive it shut down. Lost all gauges. Pulled over, sat for a few while cranking and it fired back up. Drove to Maryland with no issues, other than why at felt like 2 quick cut outs in 5th gear. Fired up and drove back to PA with no issues. Next trip was perfectly fine. After that, was backing out of the driveway and it died. Again, a few minutes of cranking and it fired. Pulled back in the driveway and let it sit. The next day, I attempted again to take it out on the road. Backed out and it died. Cranked for a few, fired up and pulled back in. Hasn’t started since. I did notice, that it will only fire when the dash gauges come to life. If t he y don’t come up, it will not start.

Brand new fuel pump, brand new CPS. Pins 2 and 22 on the PCM have 12v. Sounds like the fuel pump is not coming on when key is turned. All fuses are good. I’m at an absolute loss. Help!!!
The most basic first move would be removing the battery cables and thoroughly clean all surfaces and re-tighten all connections..