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Re: My 1995 Jeep Wrangler won\'t start, any ideas w
It has nothing to do with your keys. The actual switch is about a foot and a half down the steering column; not at the key.
It's a bad solenoid, assuming that:
1) You got the 0.08 volts while trying to start it.
2) You were reading that 0.08 between the starter lug and the ground post on the battery.
3) While still trying to start it you went back and still had the 12 volts on the 'always hot' lug.
If you did it any other way it could be a bad ground connection or a bad hot connection between the battery and the solenoid, or it still could be a bad solenoid.
Actually the 'intermittent' symptom points toward a bad connection, either ground or hot.
What you need to do is hold the key in the start position and then test both sides of every connection from the battery to the starter and back.
That means put one probe on the battery post and the other on the cable connector. Then one on the cable connector and the other on the connector on the other end of the cable. Then one on that connector and the other on the solenoid lug, and so on. When you get to the starter, put one on the input lug and the other on the case. Then one on the case and the other on the block. Then the block and the ground cable, and so on until you get back to the ground post on the battery.
They will all read practically zero until you get to the bad connection, which will read about 12 volts.
If that happens to be between the input and output posts on the solenoid, it's a bad solenoid.
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