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My 2000 Jimmy has problems with a cold start, and just today, it died on me while driving. I was stuck in traffic and had the A/C running. My radio sayed on but the vehicle hesitated during acceleration and died. What is causing this?

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  • wvfishn Nov 19, 2008

    I have a similar problem. The Jimmy would start hard as the weather got colder. It started fine in warm weather. Once it started, it would run fine. Any suggestions on what this could be.

  • tisha_perkin Dec 13, 2008

    I have a similar problem. Car has died on me in middle of traffic on several occasions, but today very cold, got a boost. Went to work seven hours later dead again. The auto repair says my battery and alternator are good, please help.

  • nessadesmet Dec 19, 2008

    i have a 98 jimmy, and it has been starting really rough since the weather has turned cold, but has always started. now it turns but will not start. was fine and i filled the gas tank, started it up and drove it home, 6 hrs later just rrr rrr rrr... its getting spark, so that isnt the route.



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If you get absolutely nothing from the vehicle when turning the key, first, check your battery voltage. On your dash, the battery voltage should show ~10-12 volts with the key in the on position only. It will read ~14-16 volts with the engine running. If your battery does not satisfy both these test conditions, replace your battery and replace it with a battery that is recommended for your engine size.

If replacing the battery does not do the trick and you are still getting absolutely nothing, not even a chirp from the starter, or if it just clicks without turning the engine, it is most likely your solenoid. The solenoid is attached to your starter and engages the starter gear in order to turn over your engine. In the cold this will be more apparent. If after you've replaced the battery and the problem still exists, replace the entire starter (try a used one first - you can typically get one from a junk yard for around $35). This project is not difficult. Just removed the front passenger side wheel to expose the wiring, detach and remove starter from underneath (two bolts).

If after replacing the entire starter it still won't start, try buying just the solenoid only (brand new) and replace it. This will require you to remove the entire starter again, unfortunately. You will need a special female torx set to remove three screws and replace only the solenoid. This is the cheapest route to go. Good Luck!! It worked for me. If you want to skip a few steps and go right to a brand new starter, go for it, but for those who can't afford the price of one or the labor, this will work good for you.

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If the engine cranks everytime you turn the ignition on meaning your strater and battery are good, if the strater or the battery are bad and you turn the ignition on you can just the "tuck" sound from the starter. As you said the car died while suggestion is check the fuel pressure because according to the symtomps that you guys mention it's more likely the puel pump is quiting.

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