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Jeep Wrangler Starting Problems

Have a 2004 wrangler x auto, it has been having problems starting battery has been checked and is fine, all fuses are fine starter relay in engine compartment fuse box ok, all oher fuses ok, took the wire off from the solenoid on the starter the one coming from the engine compartment fuse box and was able to jump the solenoid to start by clipping a wire on that tab and putting it on the positive battery teminal started 2 times that way in 5 days other wise was starting hit or miss tried to start it today would not start tried jumper on the solenoid and would not start, not sure where to go from here.
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  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Although you don't say, I'm assuming that you mean the starter won't crank the engine over, rather than the engine won't fire.

    Two main possibilities. First, the battery connections, both positive and ground, and both at the battery and at their opposite ends. They must be tight and free of corrosion. The best way to check is to remove them, clean, then reinstall.

    Second, it could be the starter itself. Take it to your local auto electrical specialist or autoparts store for a free test before buying a new one.

    From the description it may well be the starter though, as the solenoid appeared to be working intermittently but has now failed.
  • I have 2001 that I cannot get to start (will roll start). Starter won't engage, not even clicks. Battery carrying 12.9 v, starter checked OK, new relay.

    Based on my limited knowledge the next check becomes the switch on the clutch or the ignition itself. Any insight on this would be welcome.

    If the switch on the clutch is bad, is this a fix I can make or best taken to a mechanic?
  • i took apart the steering column to replace the ignition switch and found a piece of metal in the ignition switch. The metal came from where the ignition switch clips on to the column there is a plastic pin that sticks out and has a metal piece that spins around the outside, i am wondering what that piece is called and where to get it, it is the main connection between the lock cylinder and the ignition switch.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ........there is a plastic pin that sticks out and has a metal piece that spins around the outside, i am wondering what that piece is called and where to get it,

    Unfortunately, I'm afraid I don't see anything like that as being available separately. However, as you were previously able to activate the starter by independently powering the solenoid but can now no longer do so, it would indicate that the problem is in the starter itself, or the main supply to it, and not the ignition switch,
  • I was thinking that due to the metal piece being broken that that is why i was only able to get it started some of the time and not all of the time. I was able to jumper it out because it was only some of the time able to make the switch turn all of the way over but sometimes would turn part way and allow the vehicle to run and was making some connections but not all.
  • 98 Jeep Wrangler: I changed the airbag and console fuses 10amp, and now my car won't start. The car lights, radio, a/c, and everything else works. When I turn the key I don't even hear a click. Had the battery changed about 3 weeks ago.

    Any suggestions?
  • I just purchased a 2010 jeep wrangler. I have been stranded 3x in 3 weeks. It seems to be worse when the engine is warmed up. The engine will crank but not start. I may have to try starting 5-10 times. My husband seems to think it may be that I pump the gas pedal when I try starting--other cars I have had required me to do so. Should that cause the car to not start and in the process shake violently? It has been back to the dealer each time. They've been stumped. They have tried tightening connections and giving us new keys. When asked the question about pumping the pedal to start, they could not say whether that would have an effect or not. I'm beginning to think I have a lemon. Any help??
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    My husband seems to think it may be that I pump the gas pedal when I try starting--other cars I have had required me to do so. Should that cause the car to not start and in the process shake violently?

    There is absolutely no need to pump the gas pedal on any modern vehicle when starting.
    Keep your foot off the pedal and turn the key. If it doesn't start there's something wrong that needs to be fixed.
    You may have a lemon, but it's far more likely to be a minor problem (if it's worse when warm I'd start by looking for bad sensors) and you have a dealer with an incompetent service department.
  • burns929burns929 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 jeep wrangler sahara never had a problem until about 35,000 miles now you turn the key and sometimes it starts other times the starter wont turn over enough to start usually it will start on the 5 turn of nothing , but has got worse lately . The dealer started out working on it as soon as called him with the problem now they tell me I haven't been stranded and they dont know what else to try . they'll call the main jeep mechanics and then call me. I now have it on video a couple times and am just ready to call a Lawyer anyone found a permanent fix yet ?? help....... :mad:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I now have it on video a couple times and am just ready to call a Lawyer

    This would be a lawyer who moonlights as a Jeep mechanic perhaps? :)

    Your dealer appears to doing everything correctly so far.
    They started work straight away, couldn't immediately find the problem but tried to reassure you by pointing out that the problem hasn't left you stranded, and now they going to contact Jeep for further information (at least, I think that's what you meant) and have promised to call you when they've done so.

    Anyhow, although it's a little hard to tell from your description, it's either a starter/electrical problem or fuel system issue.
    I'd guess at the fuel system losing pressure when the engine isn't running, possibly a leaking injector dribbling fuel into a cylinder causing both a loss of pressure and flooding that cylinder.
  • srexy1srexy1 Posts: 7
    My girlfriend is having this issue - amongst many others on here and other forums. These include smoking from the radiator, leaking soft top above door handles, stalling out, etc. More than likely, if yours is an automatic transmission as well, this is the same shifter issue she is having. If you attempt to start and it just 'clicks', as hers does, take out of, and put back into park and try starting again. If that doesn't work, push shifter forward slightly to make sure it is 'engaged' in the park position and try again. This has happened over 30 times to her but she can't 'duplicate' at the dealership, so they won't replace anything and can't find a cause otherwise. We believe it is a cable issue. Good luck. She's been to the dealership for all of the issues above numerous times and not one of them has been repaired. She is now out of warranty, but is demanding that they keep trying as the issues surfaced, and they've 'attempted' to fix each of them, while under the warranty period.
  • This also works for my 07 Jeep Wrangler. I have also found that I can turn the key and put the shifter into neutral then it will crank. The problem, I believe, is in the shifter. The dealer, however, will do anything but fix the problem. SO far, they have replaced a perfectly good battery for $130 dollars.

    This is obviously a wide spread problem because I have heard from several people about this issue. Jeep has to know about this. But still....no recall because they have no idea how to fix it. Typical.
  • kagmkagm Posts: 1
    I have had the EXACT same problem on my 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited when trying to manually or remote start (stock remote starter). They replaced the clock spring in steering column and it seemed to be fixed, however it still comes and goes (less frequent). I've also spent anywhere from 1-3 tries to start, to 10-25 tries (and gave up). Even though I parked straight, I tried to "crank the steering wheel to the left" method, as if I parked crooked (sometimes worked by fluke) as well as stepping on gas, brake, anything that may have related it. Turns out, it's a "parking safety switch" issue - 9 times out of 10, I now just push the shifter further into "park" and it starts. I had to do that twice on one occasion. Hope you've already solved the problem, if not hopefully this helps!
  • Yeah, I have found that turning the key in the ignition (but not starting it) and placing the shifter in neutral--then turning the key all the way will start it every time.
  • The same thing happened to my 2007 wrangler, it wouldn't start. It still is happening. Sometimes between 5 and ten times turning the key, it would then start. The dealer couldn't find the problem, I brought it back three times and they were not afraid to bill me. I came home, ran a google surch, I found your message. The next time it happened...I turned the key, took the shifter out of park, moved it to neutral and then back into park. Now it will start. This has happened over 30 times, and this works every time. I haven't brought it back to the dealer since they couldn't find the problem. I feel like it is a waste of my time to tell them about it.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    The dealer couldn't find the problem........................I haven't brought it back to the dealer since they couldn't find the problem. I feel like it is a waste of my time to tell them about it.

    Why didn't you demonstrate the problem to the dealer?
    As for not taking it back to be fixed now you've found the problem, words fail me. :surprise:

    I would at least make sure that they credited me some of the amount previously charged toward the cost of the repair.
  • I HAVE FOUND THAT IF YOU SHAKE YOUR SHIFTER IN PARK THE CAR WILL CRANK RIGHT UP
  • 2hill2hill Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited doing the same thing. Pushing it further into "park" seems to have solved the problem. I called my dealer, they want me to bring it in. Thanks for the tip!
  • I'm sure they do. Be careful. I took mine in and they had no idea how to fix it. But they did charge me. Waranty is over...
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    edited August 2011
    I'm sure they do. Be careful. I took mine in and they had no idea how to fix it. But they did charge me. Waranty is over...

    Hard to believe they're that incompetent. The problem is that the NSS (or Neutral Safety Switch) is either bad or needs adjusting.
    Every vehicle with automatic transmission has one and it's to prevent the vehicle being started in anything other than Park or Neutral.
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