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97 jeep wrangler suddenly won't start or even crank at all

There's absolutely no noise whatsoever as i attempt to start the jeep. she has 163,000 miles and has been driven only on weekends occassionally for the past 2 years and received a tuneup 2 years ago as well. battery and starter checked okay as do the fuses. some corrossion on a couple of wires going into the main fuse box under the hood. also, cannot get the casing off the steering column to check ignition switch as the black switch is bigger than the opening of the casing around the column.

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  • bjp76 Jan 14, 2009

    I got lucky and used a wire repair kit to heat shrink the corroded wires going into the main fuse box under the hood. Jeep started right away. I'm back in business! Thanks for the tip about the key switch. It didn't occur to me that the ignition switch is actually on top of the column therefore I was wasting my time trying to remove the key switch under the false assumption it would allow me to get to the ignition. Thanks again.

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Get yourself a decent voltmeter and start checking everything from the battery down. Make sure your ground and positive cables are clean and well connected to both block and battery (clean inside where they touch, as well as clean on the outside. Your ignition switch should be on top of column, under the dash. I think your'e trying to remove key switch, which will not get you anywhere.Sitting for long periods promotes corrosion, I would look for loss of electrical contact before looking for failed components.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

  • andy gravelie Mar 25, 2013

    has anyone had issues with installing a bypass starter button as opposed to replacing the ignition switch-at $900.00 to have it done the bypass sounds like a deal

  • Richard Scordino Apr 21, 2013

    $900????? I can buy three complete colums from the scrapyard and still have $ for lunch!!!!

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