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Old 09-13-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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I am trying to get this moter to turn over 304 v-8 small block auto trans I was told starter is relitively newand this looks to be true I replaced the battary and the starter sylanoid and still no luck I am geting power to everything else lights ect any Ideas or sloutions thanks pinky

 

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Old 09-13-2011, 09:43 PM   #2
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I was told starter is relatively new
I say it's the starter. It's a very simple circuit. If the starter is getting 12 volts it should be turning over the engine unless it's seized.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #3
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I just replaced stater and still no luck were would the next logical place to look be maybe some whear in the ignition system I am at a loss any help out there thanks pinky

 

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Old 09-16-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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Pinky and Panky can't get their jeeps started.
Sorry, I keep getting those 2 threads and names confused.

Lets make sure we understand the problem.
Does your engine crank over? The starting system's job is to turn the engine over with the starter. The solenoid on the fender energies and sends 12 volts to the starter.

If the engine can crank and rotate when you turn the key then the starter is doing it's job. At this point it's up to the ignition system to make sparks to ignite the fuel mixture. If your engine can crank and rotate but still not start then it's a problem with the ignition system (as long as you are getting fuel)
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input Busa the problem is I get nothing when I turn the key I have replaced the battary-starter syinode-and starter with new ones my lights turn singles wipers ect are working fine could it be as simple as a fuse or may be in the stearing collume ignition switch I am pretty new at this so thanks for the help pinky

 

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odd test for you
turn key and hold it in start position ( where it should be springing back )
while holding it shift in the reverse

does it go in gear and are the reverse lights on?

that is a standard test for the neutral safety switch
which on the lower column

the other is the ignition switch on the column
which is best tested with a voltmeter
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another neutral safety test is move shift lever around while in start position

example would be
put in the N position hold key in the start now shift (either way is fine)
if you get started or at least hear the selenoid click
then readjust neutral safety position on the column
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Oh yes, the neutral safety switch. I forgot about that. Since you have an automatic that's a possibility.

Now it sounds like we need to get out a volt meter. If you don't have a volt meter a test light will work fine for this problem.

Put the clamp on a ground or the negative terminal of the battery. We need to test for voltages at the starter solenoid. First put the test light (or volt meter) on the big cable on the starter solenoid that has the cable going to the battery. It is very unlikely you don't have voltage here but its a good test to make sure the test lite is working and you have a good ground.

Next check for voltage on the blue wire on the starter solenoid. Pull that wire slightly off the stud so you can put your test light on the same post the wire is connected to. Have someone try to start the jeep. You should get voltage as the key is turned. If not the problem is before the starter solenoid. 12 volts should go through the ignition switch then through the neutral safety switch and then to this blue wire on the starter solenoid.

If you are getting voltage on this wire then the solenoid should be turning on. To make sure put your test light on the big cable on the starter solenoid that goes down to the starter. That should get voltage as you turn the key.
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ok thanks for the help guys I crossed the small termainel posts on the stater solenoid with A jumper wire and the starter engaged and turned the moter and it seams to be turning ok but the starter will not disengage without pulling the positive battery lead and every time I reattach the battery lead the stater will engage I still have not tryed the nutral safety test or looked at the ignition switch but I will today I dont have much spare time with too jobs and my knolage is limited with this so I do thank you for the help thanks pinky

 

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I crossed the small termainel posts on the stater solenoid with A jumper wire
The intent was to briefly touch the wire to the post on the solenoid. Whenever the wire is in place the starter will run. Since the starter worked with the jumper that tells us the solenoid and starter are good. The electrical problem is before the starter solenoid. You say you've replace the ignition switch. Since you have an automatic there is a switch to make sure you are not trying to start the jeep when it's in gear. That may be your problem. Remove the jumper and see if it starts in natural. I assume you have been trying to start it in park.


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another neutral safety test is move shift lever around while in start position

example would be
put in the N position hold key in the start now shift (either way is fine)
if you get started or at least hear the selenoid click
then readjust neutral safety position on the column
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