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In an urgent bind: TJ won't crank

makorider

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My DD is in the shop, so I'm down a car as it is.

TJ got stuck today, wouldn't crank. This morning when I turned the key, it hesitated before it began to crank. Thought it was my imagination, pre coffee, until I got stuck this afternoon. Luckily there was a guy with a rope that got me moving so I could pop the clutch.

Hit Autozone this afternoon and bought a starter, with jeep running in parking lot. Put it in, no crank.

Bottom line, I don't have power on the spade clip going to the starter solenoid.

I have continuity on the clutch safety switch.

Swapped relays, not the issue.

Weird thing is, I do hear a hum (not a click though) from the relays when key is turned, why don't I have juice on the wire going to the spade? I was thinking it was the ignition switch, but I wouldn't hear a relay hum.

What am I missing? I need to get this running ASAP!!

Any help is appreciated
 

Chris

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Battery or battery terminals (or both). That’s the very first place to start.
 

lxxtsy

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Battery or battery terminals would be a good start, as mentioned in poll previous posts
 
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makorider

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Battery is good, pulled terminals, cleaned, tightened.

Yeah, lol, put the starter in with engine running in the parking lot of autozone.

Seriously...going after the ignition pin next but I only had torx tips and not screwdrivers so I couldnt get the steering column apart.

But again, would I hear noise in the relays if that was bad?
 

Rurys

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I would check the battery first , then your fuses then your starter relay, make sure youre ignition switch is sending power to the starter relay...
 

Rurys

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Engine Starter Motor Relay
if its a automatic I would check the neutral safety switch on the tranny it is a know issue on jeeps this diagram is out of a 2001 tj
 
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