Jeep Cherokee

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DEVANS
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  • 1988 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
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I have a 1988 Jeep Cherokee Laredo that won't crank. At the same time the ground wire from the body to the motor gets really hot. What sould I do?
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Thursday, August 11th, 2011 AT 6:30 PM

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RASMATAZ
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You have a direct short somewhere
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Thursday, August 11th, 2011 AT 6:35 PM
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CJ MEDEVAC
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LETS CHECK YOUR NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE TO THE ENGINE TOO, AT THE ENGINE. CLEAN AND TIGHTEN.

MAY BE A POOR CONNECTION THERE (AT THE BIG CABLE THAT CAN HANDLE THE STARTERS AMPS)

STARTER IS "SEEKING" A GROUND, FROM ANYWHERE POSSIBLE. THRU LESSER CAPABLE, SMALLER WIRES!

THE MEDIC
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Thursday, August 11th, 2011 AT 7:18 PM
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DEVANS
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The negative battery cable connects to the body as well not the motor. And it's also a new cable. What esle can I look for?
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Friday, August 12th, 2011 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
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NEW CABLE?

IS THE PORTION IT CONNECTS TO--BARE CLEAN METAL?

JUST GIVING YOU IDEAS--MAY NOT BE YOUR PROBLEM

THE STARTER IS ON THE ENGINE,

THE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE MUST REACH THE ENGINE "IN A BIG WAY"!

I DO NOT KNOW YOUR VEHICLE

SOMETIMES THERE ARE BRAIDED STRAPS THAT ATTACH AT THE FRAME AND "LEAP FROG" OVER THE MOTOR MOUNTS, ONTO THE ENGINE

OTHER CASES A LARGE CABLE, THE SIZE/ OR CLOSE TO THE SIZE OF THE "INITIAL" BATTERY CABLE. CONNECTING BOTH UNITS, SOMEWHERE!

WHATEVER OR WHEREVER IT IS IT IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING MEGA AMPS, DRAWN BY THE STARTER

NOT TO SCARE YOU OR ANYTHING.I ONCE SAW A OLD TRUCK ENGINE SWAP, WHERE THE STRAP, AROUND THE MOTOR MOUNT, WAS NOT RECONNECTED. WHEN IT WAS ATTEMPTED TO START, THE "BEST GROUND" AVAILABLE, WAS A MECHANICAL WATER TEMPERATURE GAUGE "LEAD" (FOR LACK OF THE CORRECT NAME) KINDA A STIFF WIRE, RESEMBLING A LAWNMOWER THROTTLE CABLE. TURNED RED HOT, SET THE WIRING UNDER THE DASH ON FIRE. END OF STORY WAS NOT GOOD.3 OF US WATCHED IT TURN RED, AS THE OTHER CRANKED. WARNINGS EXCLAIMED TOO LATE!

LIKE I SAID, MAY NOT BE YOUR PROBLEM, STARTER MAY BE HUNG UP/ BAD/ INCORRECTLY CONNECTED/ OTHER.

OR LIKE RASMATAZ SAID, "DIRECT SHORT". THAT MIGHT COULD BE INSIDE THE STARTER. OR ELSEWHERE

WE LIKE TO HEAR HAPPY ENDINGS!

THE MEDIC
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Saturday, August 13th, 2011 AT 2:12 PM

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