No voltage on primary side of coil

Tiny
BREDMONDSON1
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  • 1994 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 4.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 400,000 MILES
I get no spark from coil. No power to coil. Everything else works fine, except when I turn the ignition key to start my oil gauge meter doesn't register.
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Monday, May 31st, 2021 AT 3:36 PM

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Tiny
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Good evening,

The power for the ignition coil comes from the auto shutdown relay.

I attached a wiring diagram for you to view and also the location of the relay for testing.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

With the key on, there should be 2 powers to the relay. You need a voltmeter to do this check and verify. The relay is a common failure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-voltmeter

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

Roy
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Monday, May 31st, 2021 AT 4:36 PM
Tiny
BREDMONDSON1
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The only thing that baffles me is that I checked all relays before and they were all good. I eventually started the engine and it went about 10 feet and shut off. Then, it wouldn't restart.
Do you think the ignition switch might be causing everything?
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Monday, May 31st, 2021 AT 6:41 PM
Tiny
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How did you check the relays?

Yes, the ignition switch provides power to the auto shutdown relay but this needs to be confirmed. You need to do the test I suggested by checking for powers at the relay.

Roy
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Monday, May 31st, 2021 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
BREDMONDSON1
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I'll re-check tomorrow. But I tested the relays under voltage to check the contact connection. I also checked the resistance. I really do hope you are right.
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Monday, May 31st, 2021 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
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The ECM is what grounds the relay for it to provide power to all the components.

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Monday, May 31st, 2021 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
BREDMONDSON1
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Okay, I replaced the shut down relay. Nothing changed.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 9:47 AM
Tiny
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You needed to check for power to the relay. You need 2 terminals with 12 volts with the key on.

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 9:53 AM
Tiny
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I checked it, I didn't get a click. So, I went on and replaced it.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 10:06 AM
Tiny
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Again, do you have 2 terminals with power with the key on?

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 10:15 AM
Tiny
BREDMONDSON1
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I don't follow you on that one. Clue me in, please.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 10:19 AM
Tiny
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I don't know which terminals you are asking about.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 10:29 AM
Tiny
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Remove the relay and with a voltmeter or test light, see if 2 of the terminals have voltage with the key on.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-an-electrical-relay-and-wiring-control-circuit

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 10:46 AM
Tiny
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I tested the 87 and 30 terminals with a light and got no voltage.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 11:07 AM
Tiny
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Pin 30 needs power all the time. I attached a diagram with the fuse that controls the power for that pin. Check that fuse for power on both sides.

Pin 87 will only have power when the relay is energized.

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 12:05 PM
Tiny
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There is power at the pin 30. The fuse had power on both sides.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 1:16 PM
Tiny
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You just stated there was no power to 30? Please clarify.

What about 85 or 86? One of those has to have power as well.

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 2:39 PM
Tiny
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I stated that there is power on pin 30. I also checked the resistor; it had power on both sides.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 2:42 PM
Tiny
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Your response:

I tested the 87 and 30 terminals with a test light and got no voltage.

I need to know if there is a second voltage at 85 or 86.

Roy
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
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With switch "off", I got no power. With "on" I got power.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 3:05 PM
Tiny
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At what terminal do you have power with the key on?

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 AT 3:12 PM

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