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Jeep wont start, engine goes to turn over but wont go all the way

Jeep wont start, the engine goes to turn over but it stays at the same intensity and wont start. All of the electronics are working, it does not "click" when it goes to start, nor does it seem to be dieing at all over the last couple of days. Suggestions?

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  • Richard Scordino May 31, 2010

    OK, you lost me with the first sentence. Is the engine turning but not starting when you turn the key? If it's not, check the battery terminal connections. The "electronics" draw far less amperage than does the starter. so don't pay a lot of attention to that now. Make sure the battery has a full 12 volts in it or any testing is invalid. I'll walk you through the remainder of the testing if you need it but first check what I said.

  • ss_325hp May 31, 2010

    Terminals are good, and yes the engine is turning but will not start. It will continue to turn as long as i have the key turned but will not start. I do not have the equipment to check the voltage but the battery is new last year so i am thinking it is not a battery problem. Thanks for the help so far.



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Ok...what you need to determine next is if the fuel pump is operating. Turn the key to the on position and have someone listen at the tank. If you can't hear it, it's not on. (that can be pump relay, pump or sometimes asd relay) to quick check relays see if you can feel each click when the key is turned on. If you can get the pump to run by banging on the tank bottom go no further and replace the pump. Most relays are the exact same and can be interchanged as well (except abs relay)
If the pump is coming on the next item to check is the crank position sensor. You will need a digital multi-meter and a manual for the test, but if you shoot some carb cleaner into the intake and the engine starts (do while cranking) likely it is OK and then back to the pump or get a chiltons manual and a meter and do complete testing. Battery needs to be fully charged or any tests are invalid.

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