95 Jeep Wangler Intermittant Start


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Old 10-26-08, 09:25 AM
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95 Jeep Wangler Intermittant Start

1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ, 4 cyl, about 100k miles.

I hope someone can offer some insight into this dang problem.

A few months back, suddenly the starter wouldn't engage, like it was getting ZERO power. Ran through the usual, checked the battery (good), replaced the starter relay (just to be sure), took the starter in to be tested (good). Put everything back together, and surprisingly it started up consistently for about a month, then -- back to the same problem. Took the starter back off, cleaned up the contacts and where it mates to the engine block -- it again started for about a week, then back to the same problem again. It push starts easily during this.

I'm stumped on what to try next -- its a fairly simple system, right? I'm going to try and replace the battery cables, for lack of a better idea at the moment, but has any one else experienced this and found a solution?

TIA,
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Old 10-26-08, 09:42 AM
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push starts so it's a standerd.....thinking clutch switch.....next time it does it...try this....make sure it's in neutral...with e-brake on...pull the relay and jump across the opposing terminals to see if the starter kicks...if it does but doesn't with the key i would go for the clutch switch
 
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Old 10-26-08, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by itstheshark
push starts so it's a standerd.....thinking clutch switch.....next time it does it...try this....make sure it's in neutral...with e-brake on...pull the relay and jump across the opposing terminals to see if the starter kicks...if it does but doesn't with the key i would go for the clutch switch
Good thought, but does the 95 has a clutch switch? It's the last year of the old(er) style. It's my girlfriend's car, but she reports that you could engage the starter while it's in gear.

Pulled the relay and jumped across the terminals on the starter with a screwdriver, got sparks, but no action from the starter. Maybe it is going flaky and just got lucky when it tested good at the auto parts store? Too far fetched?

Just hate to buy a new starter if it is not the problem.
 
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you should never be able to engage the starter without the clutch in unless the switch is bypassed it's not that old....sparks but not turning.....it would have to be the starter end...circuit can't be open if it sparks but it still could be a bad ground under load causing it to go open....... before you condem the starter clean all your engine grounds and recheck it also any connectors on the battery cables and check for corrosion
 
 

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