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I have a short on the number 1 fuse next to the battery. I have replaced the ECU, the ignition, I have unpluged the altenator, and coil, and distributer, and still have the short. Any ideas what I should check next?

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  • mandswesleye May 07, 2010

    I have trcaed the wire back to the ecu then I found it at the ignition switch and traced it all over the jeep. It is only shorting when the key is turned on. Were the fuse goes one side is hot always, and the other side grounds out when the key is turned on. I'm really confused!
    Any ideas?

  • mandswesleye May 08, 2010

    I replaced the ignition switch, and the ecu, I am really confused on this one. It seems no matter what I replace it is still there.



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What you have to do is use a voltmeter and back probe the entire wire /circuit until you find the short.
Then remove the shorted portion of the circuit and mend the wiring with crimp connectors or sodering. Or you can replace the entire wire the short was on.
I recommend getting the shop manual for this vehicle.

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  • JIMMY May 07, 2010

    Based on your reply replace the ignition switch.



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