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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:05 PM
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Rover won't start. Pulling my hair out!

Ok, backstory:

I recently left the rover at the airport for 4 days, it was during the heat wave here in colorado. Got back and went to start it, turned over for a sec, died, turn over again heard cracking behind dash. No lights on dash, no turn over, could actually see the ignition switch piece. Fine, had it towed to my house. Searched on here and found rjosho's post replacing ignition switch.

Started my own thread. http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38520 Replacement went fine.

Now when I turn the key the same thing!! No dash lights, no turn over, no door chime.

The ignition fuse is fine, battery is fine. I took notes on how the ignition switch wires were set and swapped them with the old one, I don't think that is it.

Where do i go from here?

As always I appreciate the help.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Ideas:

Check all fuses.

Try jump starting.

Whack the starter with a hammer.

Jump the solidnoid on the starter.

Replace starter.

PS how do you know the battery is fine?
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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:22 PM
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Well did you try a fresh battery or jumping? You may have a flat battery, it will test ok on voltage but any current it will drop dead.

Also try taking a long metal rod and tapping the starter when someone is turning the key in the start position. It may be sticking solenoid

If you are adventurous you can try jumping the starter directly using a huge screwdriver on the positive post and jumper leads



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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:26 PM
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Old July 10th, 2012, 05:49 PM
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Voltmeter. I'll try jumping it. I have had dead batteries before and they never acted like this, I would at least get a faint light on the dash.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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Check your main ground, if that is loose or corroded it could be the culprit.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Tried to jump it, no go. Smacked starter while jumping and trying to start, no go.

Starter kicked over when I "jumped" it directly.

Maybe I hooked up the wires wrong on the ignition switch? Anybody have a diagram?
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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could also be a bad switch or a lack of continuity in the wire that feed s the solenoid
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:35 PM
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It is most likely the ground strap or the positive lead from the battery both are know to rot inside the cable and fail

It is most likely the positive feed if you ran a lead to the starter but replace both with a heavier cable
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Old July 12th, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Check your main ground, if that is loose or corroded it could be the culprit.
I second this, happened to my on my first car (CJ-7) I checked EVERYTHING and couldn't get it to start. The main ground was corroded.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Not to be too big a noob, but are we talking about the ground off of the battery?
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:12 PM
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In case anybody stumbles on this thread. It was the fuse! Didn't look blown, swapped a new one and it started.

Thanks for all of the help.
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