A Jeep Wrangler's starting issue is usually caused by electrical problems, such as a malfunctioning neutral safety switch or starter. In order to correctly repair a Wrangler with a starting issue, the problem must be diagnosed and component replaced.
The neutral safety switch is located behind the clutch pedal of a vehicle. Its purpose it to act as a safeguard against accidentally starting the vehicle in gear, which it accomplishes by only engaging the starting mechanism when the clutch pedal is pressed. When damaged, the vehicle will fail to start. Its replacement procedure resembles a brake switch replacement. Use the listed instructions to replace the neutral safety switch.
- Locate the unit
- Remove the switch
- Inspect the rubber stopper
- Install new switch
Replace a neutral safety switch by accessing the unit from behind the clutch pedal.
Unbolt it from the pedal and disconnect it from the electrical plug.
Check to make sure the rubber stopper on the pedal is still in tact. If not replace the stopper.
Install the new neutral safety switch.
The starter spins the flywheel on a engine just to start it. If the solenoid or motor fails, the starter will not engage.
- Locate the starter
- Disconnect negative battery cable
- Remove plugs
- Replace the unit
In order to replace it, locate the starter on the transmission housing.
Disconnect the battery to avoid accidental shock.
Disconnect the plugs on the starter.
Remove the mounting bolts and replace the unit.