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Aversnell
December 6th, 2017, 14:51
96 XJ 4.0 RWD auto. 160k.
First turn of key to ON: no lights in info panel except BRAKE (brake is not depressed), START gets crank but no start.
Second turn of key to ON: no lights in info panel except BRAKE, START gets crank but no start.
Third or fourth turn to ON: GEN and CEL lights flicker dimly into view, START gets crank but no start.
Some crank later: if I wait for GEN and CEL to come on strong at ON, then wait until they clear (leaving only BRAKE light), THEN turn to START, she starts. Sometimes stepping on the brake helps.

Any ideas? Also my gauges are dead but I donít know if thatís related.

Iíve done generator, cleaned/tightened grounds, replaced fuel pump/regulator, filter, battery, plugs, cap, rotor, TPS, IAC, CPS, NSS, ignition switch (x2), ignition coil and more. Swapped relays around and checked fuses a million times. Getting ready to set the thing on fire. Runs like a dream once she starts, but takes her time starting.

rsadler
December 7th, 2017, 11:29
Intellect had the same issue and it turned out to be the ECM. Look for his threads.

Aversnell
December 8th, 2017, 14:24
Intellect had the same issue and it turned out to be the ECM. Look for his threads.

Good call.

For anybody whoís watching... it was the PCM. Slapped in a reman PCM and she starts right up. Still donít have gauges. Stumped on those.

flyerstump
December 17th, 2017, 15:47
I just fixed my buddies 95 2.5l wrangler that had the same problem. Crack your ECM open and replace the 220uf 25vdc capacitors. His had three. You can find a tutorial on youtube. I did it for $4 in parts. Biggest p.i.ta. is getting all the ballistic gel off the circuit board so you can desolder/solder parts out and in bit worked like a charm.