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    Jeep Won't Start. Help Me Troubleshoot

    In the words of Kevin Hart: "We gon' learn today!"

    So my Jeep won't start.

    The other day I swung by Valvoline instant oil change just to get air in my tires. When I start it back up it cranks real slow. It sounded very "bogged down," and they all laughed at me and said it sounded like it was about time for a new battery. I have been told for years by other people that it sounds bogged down whenever I start it, but this time even I noticed the difference. I drove it around town the rest of the day Friday and it started fine a few times.

    Sunday evening: Jeep won't start at all. No cranking. But the radio and guages turn on. This happened to me a while ago and it was just corroded battery terminals. So that's my first idea. BTW the battery was purchased in January 2008, the week I bought the TJ.

    Today I cleaned the terminals and took the battery to the parts store. They charged it and said it is functioning just fine. I bought a new clamp for the negative side because it looked pretty rusty. I replaced it and tried to test start the jeep before installing things like winch, etc. Now it was turning over quite happily, but STILL not starting. So what's next? I was running out of time so I decided to just attach the winch, etc and secure everything and come back to it later. While tightening everything down the brand new made-in-China-clamp crumbled in half. When it rains it pours.

    I guess I've never been through a full troubleshooting process of a vehicle that won't start. What is the proper order and method of things to test? Any help is appreciated!
    -Joe
    1996 Dakota 318



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    Joe your going to have to go thru the steps. Can you hear the fuel pump come on when you turn the key on? Pull a spark plug have someone turn it over see if you have spark. Did you forget to hook a wire back up or did you by mistake knock a wire loose. Your jeep running fine then when you pull the Batt all of sudden it wont start makes me think you knocked a wire loose while pulling the Batt. Just take your time look at all the wire connections and check for fuel and spark and that will narrow your hunting areas down





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    My brother, while jump-starting his car, caused a fuse to blow - which kept the car from starting. Check ALL fuses (under hood, under dash, battery-inline, etc). And, as said, check for gas and spark.
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    Do you have a voltmeter/multimeter?

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    I would also check the starter
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    I would also check the starter
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    Well, it turned out that the battery was NOT ok. Replacing it and the crappy clamp made everything run just fine again. Thanks for the advice everyone.
    -Joe
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