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2008 jeep wrangler, no power to ignition or accessories, after replacing starter.

Ok, so this has me completely baffled. I replaced the starter in my friends 08 wrangler. After putting it all back together, and hooking the battery back up, when we put the key in to start it, nothing happens, no dash lights, no power windows or door locks, cant shift out of park, power door lock fuse keeps blowing as soon as fuse is put in, or battery is hooked up this finally stopped after a while, but not before blowing 5 brand new fuses in addition to the fuse that was originally there. the specifics I can give: *2008 Jeep Wrangler *3.7 V6 *Automatic What we've done so far: *replaced starter it was bad *replaced solenoid fuse it was blown *tried swapping relays around no results *tested connections at Battery, fusebox power in,Alternator,and starter 12.8 volts at each location *disconnected and reconnected starter and battery multiple times *tested battery 100% *with battery disconnected, tried holding negative and positive cables together to reset got idea from jeep forum *checked for voltage within fuse box at starter relay and fuse 12.8 volts *fusible link seems fine, is in the power wire to alternator and voltage was present at the alternator *all points with constant power have power starter, alternator, non switched accessory power port, brake lights *re-tested voltage at all points with new starter disconnected to rule out defective starter all results are the same *all connections and terminals are tight, clean, and free of corrosion Have considered ignition switch, but unless I'm wrong even without power, with the key turned and foot on the brake we should still be able to move the shifter out of park and into neutral? Other possibility considered is the TIPM totally integrated power module/fuse box. Its a rather expensive part just for the sake of spitballing so I'm looking to rule out any other ideas before spending the money on it as a guess. Any ideas or suggestions would be a huge help!

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Take it to a shop. U fu--ed up royally doing the swap. If you had done the job correctly you would not be having this problem. Decent thing to do at this juncture is help your buddy pay for the correct repairs.

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Testimonial: "That thought has been going through my mind since it all began. Problem is, I can't for the life of me figure out what I might have done wrong. Battery was disconnected before even getting under it to remove the starter, all connections were kept restrained to avoid anything making contact while doing the job. Everything was put back together tight and clean before reconnecting the battery. I didn't do anything different from any of the other jeeps I've replaced starters on in the past, yet I've never had any problems before. Please note, I'm not disagreeing with your assessment, just trying to get some insight on what I may have done wrong...."

  • richie46 Apr 15, 2017

    Gee, just thought of something - Since battery was already disconnected, perhaps it was already messed up when you did the work for your friend and put everything back the same way you found it. If so, you no matter how careful you were, your efforts were were doomed to failure. Find out who messed with the car before you and just what they may have done!!!!!!!!!!!!If someone initially did mess with it, I would walk away and not want to be cleaning up some mess created by some other AH.



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