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justin4by4
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Oct 7, 2013, 9:01 AM

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Just bought a used 97 jeep wrangler 4.0 L manual transmission last night and it worked fine, started on multiple occasions.

We drove it 2 hours home and wont start.

64k miles on it.

I dont think its the battery since the lights power on bright but I could be wrong.

The seller did mention something about the spark plugs needing to be replaced and he gave me a few. I didnt replace them yet.

Here is a video you can watch https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/729931/IMG_0089.MOV


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 7, 2013, 9:17 AM

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Can't make your video work in that format but doesn't matter for now. Does it crank engine or not?

All spark plugs didn't fail at once, it would at least run lousy if they were that bad.

Never mind lights I/we need to know if starter cranks the engine or not to even approach this,

T



justin4by4
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Oct 7, 2013, 9:20 AM

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It does make a croo noise the first few seconds but then stops altogether after


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 7, 2013, 9:26 AM

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I'll take that is it doesn't crank the engine which is the greatest draw the entire vehicle does.

Start with plain cleaning up battery terminals at battery, charge the battery and have it tested. Next would be test the charging system.

Battery and cable connections are not that uncommon. If no change with known good battery and connections you need to clean up the other ends of the cables.

Get that far and if no go then we can move on from there,

T



Hammer Time
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Oct 7, 2013, 9:28 AM

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You can't know anything about the battery until you have it charged and tested and once you have a verified good battery, have the charging system tested.


Edit: You posted while I was.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Oct 7, 2013, 9:29 AM)


justin4by4
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Oct 7, 2013, 9:51 AM

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I'll have the battery tested but what does it mean to have the engine crank?


Hammer Time
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Oct 7, 2013, 10:03 AM

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That's what a starter does. It cranks the engine.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 7, 2013, 10:38 AM

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Engine cranking: By that I mean does the engine turn with the starter motor at all. You just can't know much if it won't turn/crank.

That's a pretty universal term not so high tech at all. If confused you have someone watch the engine and belt(s) moving - it's cranking. You said a sound then nothing for sounds which tells me it doesn't crank already.

Still go back and do all that has been suggested or have it done. Seems like you just bought the thing very recently. Seller handing you spare spark plugs (hmmm?) could be another issue lurking but you will not know anything until it cranks, then other checks can be made. When running you can verify the charging system is operating properly or have that done for you too.

At a glance a nice low mile Jeep Wrangler older or not seems great to me but it's still used and expect to need things even some expensive things possible. Been a few year since I looked at a new one and after the medics got me breathing again after checking the price you should have some room to invest in it!

Good luck with it. Get help where needed,

T







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