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Ignition does not respond when turning the key

Recently i put my key in the ignition, turned it, everything lights up and is ready to go, then it will not crank. found out if i hold it there for a number of seconds it cranks and runs great. very recently i get in my car, turn the key, wait, put down my windows at the same time, and it never started. took the key out and put it in to try again. this time, nothing turned on at all. no gauges, no radio, nothing except things that work without the key in the ignition. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM because my windows are stuck down and I live in jersey city with street cleaning tomorrow. When i turn the key no activity at all happens. I did notice that my car still notices the key is in the ignition when i open the door and it starts beeping at me to take it out, but why wont it do anything else?! Please HELP!

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I looked at info for 4.0L engine.
Make sure battery has a full charge and battery connections all good.
In the first picture, check that 40 amp fuse, under hood fuse box, not only check the fuse, check the fuse circuit for voltage, hot all the time. Use a test light to check for voltage.
The diagram for ignition switch, the top wires are voltage going to ignition switch, the bottom wires are voltage from ignition switch with key in the proper position. You can see the wire colors. Do some testing.
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I think you installed the switch incorrectly.

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Hi laddius,

When you turn the key to Start:

  • If you hear a solid CLICK come from the starter solenoid and no engine cranking, I'd have to agree with aubd in that the Starter is the problem.
  • If nothing happens (no sound, no crank, no nothing), then your looking at the ignition switch.
How about a quick check and fix?
This will test your starter. If your starter passes this test, you're half way done with an alternative low cost, low effort fix. First, the test.
  • You will need some wire and crimp connectors for the test
  • Crimp a ring connector on one end of the wire.
  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal.
  • Get under the vehicle and attach the wire to the Solenoid. (the small terminal, sometimes marked 'S', not the larger ones).
  • Run the wire up through the engine compartment.
  • Make sure the tranny is in Park or Neutral.
  • Reconnect the battery
  • Test the Starter by momentarily touching the other end of the wire to the positive battery terminal.
  • If it cranks, the problem is in your ignition switch.
  • Turn your key to ON.
  • Try the same thing again. If it fires up, only the Start connectors in the switch are damaged. The ON circuits are fine. Shut it down.
  • Now you can replace the ignition switch which involves some major time and effort. Dismantling the steering column to start with, dealing with airbags, new switch, reassembly.
  • OR you can run the wire you just attached to the solenoid through the firewall and attach it to a +12VDC Power Supply through a momentary switch. Now you can turn the key to ON, press the momentary switch to Start and go driving. Neat , huh?
You make the call

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Had same promblem with my jeep, you may want to check the
"crankshaft sensor" if its bad jeep wont start.

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Check your battery cables. Remove them and clean the contacts, if the ends are replacements take them apart and clean. Use a wire brush or sand paper. Make sure you remove the negative first and reinstall it last. Also check the battery and fuse links. Your problem is in there some where the battery, cable ends, cables, or a fuse link. If still no start let me know the results and we can go from there if need be.

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I have the exact same problem - did you ever find out what was wrong?

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