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88 jeep cherokee

It wont start at all I have changed the relay I have checked the fuel and the starter. If you run a wire from the relay to a screw it starts right up but with a key nothing. When you turn the key the dash light come on but nothing else not even a click

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  • rolnick25 Nov 12, 2008

    I have tried to check that. a mechanic i know wants to run a start button in the jeep like my dump trucks have. You turn the key then push the start button. I didn't know if that will be safe? But It maybe a wire that i cant find.

  • gonhtn1 Nov 17, 2008

    If I push the jeep forward or backward with it in park; it then will start. Otherwise it wont. It doesn't even try to start. No click no nothing!

  • nhedgie Jan 25, 2009

    i am dealing with the same on my 88, after the snow up here in WA, it just wouldnt start, i found that the ground wire coming out of the starter had come off of the plater connector it was soldered to.

    pulled the starter, cleaned it and fixed the wire, reinstalled and now it wont work. i to the key to the start position and nothing except some of my gauge needles moving.
    checked for power to the starter...its there, seems like there is no signal coming in from the ignition. so what do i do? where does that wire even come from and what not, i traced it from the starter, the green wire and it just comes back to my main harness, havent really started tearing into the interior to track it. are there any fuses or connector pieces i should be checking?

    BTW it will start...turn the key to run and jump the two points of the starter, fires right up...its just that damn signal...
    guesing a test light should be used here some how...but how? have someone turn to key to start and have me poke the green wire to see if it lights up? i am a little lost... thanks for the help

  • tunanator Mar 14, 2009

    check your neutral safety switch



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Test your safety neutral switch. An easy way to check for this is first try shifting into neutral then turn the key(also try wiggling the shifter in neutral and/or park). if it starts your safety neutral switch is most likely out of alignment.

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I just saw the comment about the push button ign. and it is safe, i have many friends that have had them on their little rice burners...they cost about 10 bucks or so as a kit.
i was thinking about this if i cant figure it out, that way i could mount it under the dash and have somewhat of a securtiy system as well.

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Any broken wires going to starter?

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

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    chargerhp Dec 19, 2011

    NO he said it starts if he runs wire to ground


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