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I have no electrical power in my jeep at all no lights no key no nothing but the light under the hood works help me

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Hey there KKen,

Sounds like a dead battery. But batteries rarely just up and die without prior symptoms or going through extreme temperatures. If it was working when you parked it and the next day it was dead, somethings different. First we check causes.

For the following checks, wear safety glasses.

First thing to check are the terminal connectors on the battery..
Make sure they are clean and tight. If there is corrosion, Take them off (negative first). Then take a wire brush to both the terminals and connectors. Reattach and tighten them up. See if there is a difference (probably not, but worth a shot).

Check the belts, specifically the one the drives the alternator.
If it's loose or frayed, it may be the problem. If it's broken or missing, it is the problem.

If your battery is the sealed type, skip to the next paragraph. If not, Check the water (acid) level. (You're wear safety glasses, right?) If low, add distilled water.

If you have access to a charger, hook it up at 2 amp (trickle charge) and let it charge over night.

If not, you can get someone to give you a jump. Be patient though, you may need to allow your battery to charge a bit before your engine will turn and start. You will be able to see an immediate change in your vehicles electrical components though.

Once you get it running, get to an auto parts store. Most will test batteries and charging systems free of charge (in the hope of selling you a battery or alternator). You should probably ask the person who gave you the jump to follow you in case of trouble.

Once you're there, most healthy batteries would be charged. Ask for a 'Load Test'. This tests more than just voltage, it simulates the amp draw caused by an engine starting.

Anything other than 'Good', is 'Bad', meaning replacement.

Covered a lot of bases. Let me know if it still gives you trouble. We can take it from there.

Happy New Year and Best Regards

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Do U have a voltage meter? Read the battery voltage, should be 12 to 14 volts if not, the battery is probably dead. Take it to a Murry's and have them check it out. If the battery is good the alternator is not charging the battery.


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