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I have a 1999 jeep cherokee 4x4 4.0L I6. I was having problems starting the jeep it would crank but not start right away. if I would crank for 3 or 4 cycles then stop then turn key again it would fire right up. I changed out the ground cable from the battery and then the positive cables due to corrosion and when I put the ground back on the battery it sparked real bad (I think I have a short somewhere?)and it looked like the cable that goes from the hot lead from the battery to the power distribution center under the hood then connects to the cable that feeds the alternator which appears to have a fussable link, burned the fussable link. Is that really a fussable link and if so where can I get another one? once I get one how do I find the short? on this fussable link can I just cut it out and straight wire to the battery hot wire without causing any damage? any suggestions on the starting problem? I replaced the starter a few months ago thinking that maybe that would solve the problem but it didn't. Could it be the battery itself, it is 3 years old? can I hook up the battery without the alternator wire hooked up and continue to look for the short? I have been told to pull all the fuses in the power distribution fuse box before connecting the battery and then to put the fuses back in at a time until one sparks? is this a good method? enough for now!!! getting frustraited looking for wiring for this.

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  • rprescot Jun 17, 2009

    thundergod, thank you for the info. I wont be able to work on it until this weekend but you gave me some more thoughts to check. what is the best method to test the fuel pump anti drain-back valve pressure.

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If you had a short that large before you started working on the batt cables, it would have burned long before it did. Check your work over and see where it's grounding. You can make a temporary link by using a new piece of wire the same as the gauge at both ends of the link and sectioning in a short piece of smaller ga. wire. Hopefully you didn't damage the alternator or other electronics. The original problem sounds like possibly the fuel pump anti drain-back valve is bad (integral with pump) Testing pressure will verify that.
You can disconnect alternator, but the fuse method you mentioned sounds more reasonable.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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