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88 wrangler wont crank

I recently bought an 88 wrangler, and I can't get it started. I put a new battery in it and replaced the starter. The lights work inside and out but when you turn the key nothing happens. I tried bypassing the solenoid with a jumper wire and still nothing. I would be happy to here any helpful suggestions. Thanks

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  • beall66 Sep 04, 2008

    Sorry, just realized I forgot a couple of things that could be critical. First, the body has been lifted. Also it has a 4.2L engine and it is a five speed. There are also some things I found odd. The starter that was on does not match the listed starter for that model. The listed starter has the solenoid on the starter, but it is mounted on the fender in this jeep. The starter that was on it looks identical to the one on my 73 commando with the same size engine. I also replaced the starter relay. The one that came out of the jeep had four terminals labeled Battery, sol, I, and G. The one that is listed has five terminals, the extra terminal labeled F. Thanks for your suggestion jeff, I'll try it out and see what happens

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Is this a manuel or automatic transmission? if its automatic try forcing the shift lever forward while trying to start, if its a manuel check the clutch pedal switch , if no luck with those check to see if the ignition switch is giving 12volts in the start position, if not then just put a momentary contact push button on the dash and put key on power to one side of the button and the other side to the small wire on the starter then you have yourself a push button start with the key on only so there are no accidents, please rate -jeff

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