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1989 jeep cherokee limited lost all electrical power

Ignition clicked once then everything went dead battery has 12.5 volts

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    12.5 Volts is where you conside the battery worn out & not able to hold a charge as the other peter stated Also check for internal corrosion on battery cables or corroded fusible links although yours may be a plug in fuse type.

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Battery voltage is not a good indicator of the state of a battery.
Your starter can draw as much as 160 amps when trying to turn your engine. Turn on the ignition again and turn on the head lights as well. Are the bright or dim?? If they are dim, your battery is flat.
You may be able to charge it up, but that depends on how old it is as they have a service life which may have expired.

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SOURCE: 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8. limited addition shuts off.

fuel filter is clogged try replacing it

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CHECK CRANKSHAFT SENSOR

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Check the connections at the battery. Be sure they're clean and tight.

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SOURCE: 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee; good battery, cables,

Look for main fuse OR fusable link inline (in the main wire) to fuse box

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SOURCE: no power to fuel pump on 1989 jeep cherokee

there is a fuelpump relay in the engine compartment
along with three or four other relays find the one that says fuelpump and replace it (chysler - dodge - jeep - plymouth all use the same relay and thy all blow out the cost is about 15.00 dollars at autozone
of you don' t get the pump to come on check the pigtail back by the tank if still no power the pump
replace the ignition switch for that turns on the relay under the hood

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There are some things that are SUPPOSED to keep operating when the vehicle is shut off. These include, but are not limited to:
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