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'98 Wrangler, cleaned battery cables, flashers blink won't start

My Jeep Wrangler wouldn't start. It would crank fine but wouldn't start. I cleaned the battery cables with baking soda and a wire brush. Now all it will do is flash the instrument and turn signal light when I try to start it. And it won't crank at all.

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    Christopher Lipscomb May 11, 2010

    Need more information, message stops at " I cleaned the battery...

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Hi there,

Don't take this the wrong way, but make sure you attached the terminal clamps to the correct terminals.

If you have a voltage tester, check the battery. The voltage should be at least 12VDC.

If available, try a jump from another vehicle. Any difference in symptoms?

Mike

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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From your post, it seems that you may have only cleaned the outside of the terminals. The engine was cranking... this tells me that 'though cleaning the terminals is a good maintenence item, you did not have a problem there. Remove the cables and clean the inside of the wire terminals and the battery contacts. This will put you back where it would crank, but not start. (make sure the battery is fully charged while you are there)
After you can crank the engine, check for spark at plug wires, fuel supply etc. Problems there will begin to tell you where to proceed!
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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