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Old December 17th, 2005, 02:45 PM   #1
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I changed my starter assy today and now the jeep cranks great. Only problem now is out of the blue, its not catching for a good period of time when it cranks over. I can hear it firing, but its like starving of fuel all of a sudden.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 05:25 PM   #2
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you didn't disturb any chassie grounds did you? you could have week connection to the engine grounds and battery trough the chassie.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 05:35 PM   #3
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Only thing I did was drop the engine skid to swap the starter. The starter cranks just fine, so its ground is OK. Just wondering if maybe its time I changed my plugs maybe. But it was firing fine before the starter swap which baffles me. New motor drawing more juice from the system leaving less to fire on?
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Old December 17th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #4
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actually your close. my buddy had a simular problem with his drag car. he had lots of crank and no spark & fuel. as soon as he let go of the key it would try and run, he had created a condition where the system amperage was maxed out due to poor connections in the grounds of his car. he was all painted and shiny but none of his connections were sound. I gave him a hand full of cleated washers and sent him home, it starts everytime now.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #5
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Star washers are still a bandaid fix. You'll get more contact area through the entire (cleaned) surface than you will through those star points.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 09:13 PM   #6
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Cleaned surface where though? The engine block was spotless where the starter mounts to since it still had a factory fresh seal. The starter itself is brand new. If I touched nothing else, where is my ground that went bad?
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Clean the connection wherever there is one. Both ends of both battery cables, any big ground clusters.

Yes, I reliaze that you didnt touch those with this repair, but they do corrode with time. Its possible that you bumped a connection without knowing it. Either way, cleaning the battery and ground connections will only cause good things.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 06:21 PM   #8
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On TJ's they say to do a R&R on the plugs every 30,000 miles or so.
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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:43 PM   #9
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Star washers are still a bandaid fix.
I install them in the factory locations on everyone I built...its like the auto company put them there for a reason.

the star washers help maintain grounds in high corosive conditions thats why I recomended them.
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the star washers help maintain grounds in high corosive conditions thats why I recomended them.
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as does the NEC.

(national electric code)
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Old December 19th, 2005, 06:19 AM   #11
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Well, after driving it for 2 days now it seems to be all better. Not sute if it was the startup and shutdown I was doing to make sure I had everything working that maybe used up the fuel in the rail or not. Seems to be alright now. I have 2 last gremlins to fix, but they're for different threads :)
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