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1997 jeep wrangler wont start

Fuel and volt gages stay in the off position with the key on and i get no spark to plugs.

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  • ponern Apr 26, 2009

    You had the right fix, thank you very much!!!!!

  • ponern Apr 26, 2009

    Thanks for all of your responses, I appreciate them very much!!!!

  • bigboyfl May 01, 2009

    Hey, I have the exact same problem on my 1997 2.5 jeep wrangler. Were you able to fix yours? How?

  • limegreentj May 11, 2010

    dead battery, or alternator, need more information, will it even try to turn over?


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I had same problem. Ended up having to replace ignition switch, then gauges and jeep started right up

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PCM wiring harness could have poor connection. wiggle wires to PCM with ignition on.

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