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My jeep will not start for anything it just all of the sudden quit and wont start. the starter and starter relay are both brand new but when i turn the key i get nothing still.

Its a 4.2 automatic 4x4

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Lay a screwdriver across both leads on the solenoid (most likely located on the fender or firewall close to battery. Look up a pic of a solenoid online to be sure. Its black plastic with 2 studs) and see if it cranks. If so, the solenoid is bad... Cheap, easy fix. Not a special order part... Pretty much universal. Hope this helped! ***When you lay the screwdriver across the leads, it WILL spark some. But dont hold it long... Just long enough to bump the engine over a little, then replace it.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

Testimonial: "the relay is brand new along with the starter idk what else to do, "

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    the relay is new i just bought it today and im still getting nothing at all when i turn the key to turn it over i get nothing , i dont understand it.

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    99Lariat Oct 26, 2012

    Okay. If all of that is new, you may have a bad ground on the starter or something equivalent. I've never seen one just go dead like that without the solenoid being bad, especially with a new starter. There IS a slim chance that your ignition cylinder could be bad, and its not allowing that connection to be made to start it. I had that problem with my Ranger. Just a thought?


    where would the ignition cylinder be at on it?


    the key switch on the steering colum ?

  • 99Lariat
    99Lariat Oct 26, 2012

    Thats where you put the key in to start it. If you remove the steering column shrouds, you can get a better look at it. Some vehicles (like my Ranger) require the steering wheel to be pulled to find the release pin in order to remove it, some vehicles do not. With yours being a '83, i'd say its easy to remove.


    i had a brain ****. yeah i know where the igniton is, but could it go out just like that at anytime ?



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