I have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler. The accessories have power, but no power to the starter. It wont even crank.?

8 Answers

  • zipper
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Ground cable bad or loose, starter relay bad, bad starter, engine is locked up seized; loose nut behind steering wheel. The wirer on the key system could of come loose. Have fun finding the trouble. There is also a safety switch on the transmission. If the trans is in gear on an automatic the starter system can not engage, or the wirer broke or came off.

  • 5 months ago

    Check the fuse for the starter. If it is burned out replace it. If the fuse is OK then you may simply have a bad starter.

  • 5 months ago

    Check ground cable.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Check the starter relay. Assuming all the connections to the starter are tight.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    You may just need a new battery. The accessories don't require much electricity to operate but the starter does. A weak battery will run the accessories but not the starter, so get it properly load tested on a bench and at least eliminate that as a possibility.

  • 5 months ago

    Uh, that means your starter died..

  • 5 months ago

    To solve this you will need a multimeter and a copy of the 2003 Jeep Chiltons or similar repair manual that has a schematic of the wiring.

    When you turn the key, power is sent to the 'Starter Relay', which someone listening to the engine with the hood up might hear. The starter relay handles the high current that goes to the 'Starter Bendex' - this is a solenoid that pushed the starter's gears into the flywheel and it will usually make a nice loud click or clunk. A drained battery is the usual issue here:

    Check the battery fluid. Add distilled water to bring the level up.

    Check the battery voltage. It must be over 12 volt sitting.

    Keep the meter on the battery and have someone turn the key. If the voltage drops less than 10 - the battery needs to be charged. If after charging the same thing happens - bad battery. (at this point you could probably jump start it)

    If the key is turned, you hear a tiny click, and the voltage just wiggles a tiny bit - probably a bad starter relay.

    If you jump start it and get it running - check the battery voltage - it should be 13.5 to 14.8 volts to charge the battery. If you don't see the voltage jump up - you have a bad alternator or regulator. No sense blindly replacing both..... drive it to a place that deals mostly in batteries - they will load test the battery and test the charging system for free (usually). This way you get the right part replaced.

    Good luck.

  • 5 months ago

    Try starting it in Neutral

    If the Neutral safety switch/range switch is bad it might start in Neutral.

    If it doesn't start yet you'll have to use a test light to check that you have power at the starter solenoid small wire while having a friend hold the key in the start position.

    If there is power at the small solenoid wire the starter needs replacing.

    You could also have a bad ignition switch.

    I'd check the wiring harness on the Neutral safety/range switch and see if there is any corrosion or broken wires.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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