Recently had the CJ painted, which got me inspired to clean up inside the tub too. Have always been bothered by a bunch of wires hanging down behind the dash. Sometimes would get my feet tangled. I took off the dash and the steering wheel and poked around. There was a PO-installed alarm that wasn't working and and old CB hookup. I removed both, trying to be careful. After reattaching all the dash gauges, the car won't start. When I first reattached the instrument cluster there appeared to be some white smoke behind the bulbs. Couldn't figure out where it came from exactly and went to bed. In morning, found that battery was dead and had it charged at local gas station. Some things I noticed: When lights are in the off position, hazards work fine and left and right signal arrows blink properly through the speedo. Once the parking lights or the headlights are turned on, the signals on the front of the car no longer flash, they stay solidly on. When I turn the ignition, I head a faint click somewhere behind the steering column, but there is no turnover or anything. I thought maybe I had drained my battery again or something (even though this is a new battery as of this year) so I had a friend come and jump the car. The voltmeter read 12.5 or so when we were hooked up but again, the car didn't even try to turn over. Now when I turn the ignition, the voltmeter reads about 10.5 and the oil gauge moves the tiniest bit. Nothing else happens except for the light clicking sound.
I've been trying to check the grounds, but haven't tinkered much by the engine. A lot of forums I am visiting have a lot of instructions about checking the solenoid and the starter, etc. I figure I must have done something wrong behind my dash and so am wary of messing around with yet another part of the Jeep unnecessarily.
But tomorrow I'm going to get a voltmeter etc first thing and just start testing anything I can test.
Any thoughts would be so great!
Monday, May 28th, 2012 AT 6:03 AM