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Jeep will not start

The jeep either has a short in or the starter is bad. I have checke the battery and it is good, the lights where coming on and then it completly died. now it is not doing anything. it is not clicking or making that sound thta a car makes when battery is died. What do you think it is and what should i do It is a 1990 Jeep Laredo 6cyl 4.0 l 4x4 oh and also the rubber that covers the wire that goes t the teminal is wore away so it is jst bare wire. I was able to start it by shaking the battery or jiggling the wire, but now that will not even work. should I replace the starter, the battery, or the terminals

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  • twinn29 Apr 17, 2009

    Tahnk you This seems to have worked all I did was just repalce the terminal. Thank you again

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Remove the cables and clean the inside of the cable ends and the battery posts. If you have replacement cable ends on cables also check the wire under the strap that hold it to the cable is also clean.
Likerly this will solve your problem...If not, it must be done before going further with any diagnosis, so you are not wasting any time.(also check battery voltage must have at least 12v to operate)

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Apr 17, 2009

    Glad it helped...care to rate my answer?

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