Jeep won’t start? Battery is new?

my jeep cherokee (89) won't start, starter motor goes but engine doesn't catch. Was running fine before, just had radiator changed.
Also, anyone know any jeep clubs in NJ? thanks
By the way, it's a 4.0 6 cylinder. Skinny, can't email u, you didn't leave address

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8 Responses to Jeep won’t start? Battery is new?

  1. tracfordad May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    OK, have your local reliable service station, run a test on the alternator. They can tell if the alternator is charging. If the alternator is fine the they check the cables, to see if they are properly caring current(power or ground); it is probably there. Which is good ; cheapest fix! also you mentioned the radiator was just replaced, mention that. The cable is probably lose, stripped or nicked. A turn of the wrench may fix this; of which i hope so in your favor.

  2. litehmusicdj May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    ULTINATOR. around cherry hill i think there's one, check the phone book, or site. i remember seeing one close to the cherry hill mall

  3. joe_slf May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    your alt. sounds like it might be weak or could be an ignition problem i dont have much know how with jeeps but i would have the starter tested just because it sounds like its working dont mean it is in good working shape it could be an underlying problem and check to see if your getting good ground from your battery is a few things i think of

  4. William H May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Having the radiator changed would have nothing to do with your no start problem, something has gone you have spark at the plugs? if not the coil could be bad or the distributor gear could have come off or the resistor in the distriburator could have went out, first find out if you have spark at the plugs.

  5. Mustang Frank May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep are all together. Now I have a 2004 Dodge durango brand new wasnt used and we changed the battery and it wasnt starting for awhile. Once in a while still doesnt start. Now my dad and me were tryin to fix this problem and when it wasnt working we lightly smacked the battery.

    Now im not a science geek kinda guy BUT some the electrons in the battery arent working and needs a certain amount of battery power to start the car. So my dad smaked the battery and the electrons got back to work.

    I'm not very smart but tryed to help.

    Good Luck!!!!

  6. Tom-San Jose May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Could be lots of reasons.

    Ordinarily, a radiator won't be a cause, but there is one thing that might: check to make sure thermostat wire on radiator is re-attached. On a 1988 w/ 4.0 6-cyl, the t-stat is on the driver's side of the radiator.

    Other things to check: fuel system (gas, fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel pressure, fuel injectors); electric system (distributor, coil, spark plugs).

    Two other things: TPS (throttle position sensor) and CPS (crankcase position sensor.) If either fails, the engine computer won't get the right signals and allow the car to start. Check < > for more info on Jeep problems. There are also many other Jeep forums on the internet.

    Good luck.

  7. Silverstang May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Good answers boneheads, NOT!!(ALTERNATOR, is for charging the battery, and providing power while the engine is running). Anyways, it may be an ignition problem, or a ground wire you might have disconnected while swapping out the radiator. Double check the wiring, around the ignition coil, and rotor areas. Good luck.

  8. jeeps May 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    did it ever run or start after radiator replaced.??? 4.0 6cyl or v8.??
    Im expert on the 4.0 6 cyl. over 300 k on my current one. e-mail me.i changed profile so i should receive emails now. happy to help…