Engine cranks but will not start

Tiny
RICK G. ESTEBAN
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  • 1984 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 150,000 MILES
It started before, I did some work on it. Like installing an auxiliary horn while the driver side door open while I was working on it. Not sure if it drain the battery or not. It's my daughters vehicle and she's in Washington and I'm in California. Kind of hard to help her that far away. I don't want her to walk to school even it's just a mile away, she's in college.
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Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 AT 12:46 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Any time you are faced with no starting issue, it is a good idea to start with the basics.

Have you tried to jump start it?
A weak battery can allow the starter to click but will not turn the engine.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-jump-start-car-battery-using-jumper-cables

Does the engine click when you try to start the vehicle?
Or does it crank over several times but does not start?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

If it cranks but does not start, then it could be due to not getting fuel or spark.
In that case you will have to check for spark to the coils as well as check the fuel pressure.

Please let me know of any questions.
Thank you.
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Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 AT 11:29 PM

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