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Jeep wount start

Put new starter and battery ,light on turn key jeep shut down

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  • Frank Magliocca May 11, 2010

    Does the engine turn when you turn the key on?

  • Steven Brock May 11, 2010

    before or after you put new starter and battery on?



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When you turn the key on all the lights come on normally? and when you try to start you lose the lights and hear a click? If so the battery cables are loose, or broken. If thats not the case it could be a relay or stuck starter or switch. You can try a screwdriver at the starter hit the little wire and the big wire it will spark and should turn the engine over "MAKE SURE IT IS IN PARK WITH THE BRAKE SET" do this last, if you do all that and it turns over you can say the starter and cables are good. Next replace relay and try, still nothing get a new switch. Hope this helps.

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