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Old 04-13-2008, 04:44 PM
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Hokay, so i got a Jeep YJ, i think around early 90's late 80's model, and when i go to start it, sometimes it doesnt get power to the igntion, but if let go of the key and let it return to running position, it works, any idea on what may be wrong with it?

Also, after a long drive, it starts to lose power, and wont maintian highway speeds, any idea whats wrong here?
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:52 PM
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Wiring for the ignition.......Losing power is more than likely the tranny....its either the tranny overheating or.....let me consult my books( does it make any noises?)
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:54 PM
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your problem is that you bought that old of a car :nododgy:
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:03 PM
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haha no we had it new, just sorta bringin it outta storage after its been there a few years lol
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:53 PM
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losing power might be your alternator too. thats what happened to our bmw.

on a side note, jeeps are fun to drive i miss my mom's wrangler!
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:57 PM
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your problem is that you bought that old of a car :nododgy:
In my experience, I've had more trouble with newer cars than older ones. Not to mention newer vehicles, for the most part, are a bigger PITA to fix.

Besides, it's a Jeep. Jeeps are timeless.

Probably a blown fuse.

But if it's an intermittent problem it could be the ignition switch itself, should it be worn out.

Take a look and call me in the morning.

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:23 PM
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Its either as i said the wiring to the ingnition or the starter motor.....Where as a blown fuse i dont think that would happen because he is still able to turn it on.........
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:36 PM
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about the comments about the wiring to the ignition, yeah thats what i was sort of thinking, well, more along the lines of something wrong with the wiring to the starter coil, or distributor maybe. starter motor is a no, cause it turns over, its just like power to the plugs im talking that its not getting. the alternator might be suspect, but then again that would mean we wouldnt be getting any recharge on the batteries, which we are, i cant really tell though cause the alternator sensor is gone bad, either that or your right and it is shot. and also, as chaser said, ignition switch could be shot too. Well im gunna open er up tommorow and ill letcha guys know what i find.
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about the comments about the wiring to the ignition, yeah thats what i was sort of thinking, well, more along the lines of something wrong with the wiring to the starter coil, or distributor maybe. starter motor is a no, cause it turns over, its just like power to the plugs im talking that its not getting. the alternator might be suspect, but then again that would mean we wouldnt be getting any recharge on the batteries, which we are, i cant really tell though cause the alternator sensor is gone bad, either that or your right and it is shot. and also, as chaser said, ignition switch could be shot too. Well im gunna open er up tommorow and ill letcha guys know what i find.

So it will crank EVERY time? That will rule out both fuses and the ignition switch.

When it starts (if it does) how does it run? If it runs like a bag of ****, it could be something to do with either the distributor, coil, plugs or wires. To find the problem I'd replace things in this order, wires, plugs, coil, dizzy.

If it's been sitting for a while (few years) have you put any new fuel in it? (The octane rating will go down if it sits for a while, drop some premium and maybe an octane booster in it to neutralize it a bit).
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:50 PM
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lol... having an alternator die mid drive and the battery dieing isn't fun... <- experienced.


Buy some fuel injector cleaner for one...
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