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Unread 11-12-2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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1996 Jeep Cherokee Starter problem

Got a 1996 Jeep Cherokee inline 6...Girlfriend's vehicle, out of nowhere the starter just quit workin. I don't know a whole hell of a lot about workin on 4 wheeled vehicles, so I thought I'd come here in search of answers. Turn the key and get nothin...can't hear the relay can't hear the solenoid clickin', and of course the starter is not flyin. Where might I begin lookin' for the problem?

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Unread 11-12-2006, 05:43 PM   #2
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Need to get this fixed ASAP...any input would be greatly appreciated
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Unread 11-12-2006, 05:51 PM   #3
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Be patient. Sometimes it takes a couple of hours for someone to reply. It could be a bad starter itself. When mine went bad, it wouldnt click either. It also could be your Neutral Safety Switch. Its job is to disable the starter when the shifter is in reverse or drive. When it goes bad, it wont let it start in any gear. I dont know how to clean it, or replace it though. Try tapping on the starter with a mallett, it could be stuck. Good Luck.
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Unread 11-12-2006, 05:54 PM   #4
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First off check the easy stuff. Make sure the battery terminals arent corroded and that they are tight, if thats not the case tap the starter with a mallet or hammer and see if that will cause it to crank over. Also try starting in nuteral to see if its the NSS like stated above.
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Unread 11-12-2006, 05:54 PM   #5
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Doesn't have a neutral safety switch. That year can be started without the clutch down and in gear if you wanted to. If it were the starter itself, it would most likely be a siezed pulley or somethin' if the solenoid's not clickin'...in which case I would think the lights would be dimming when you hit the starter, but that's not the case. Appreciate the feedback though
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Unread 11-12-2006, 05:59 PM   #6
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Yes i think if it was a siezed starter, the lighs would dim. Maybe ignition switch? Not sure on that though You are right there is no NSS on a manual, other than that, Im stumped.
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Unread 11-12-2006, 06:02 PM   #7
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Hmm..just had a thought, any idea if there's a starter relay fuse in the interior fuse box?
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Unread 11-12-2006, 06:56 PM   #8
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Found and checked all the fuses and relays...all seems to be well with that. So I'm guessing solenoid for sure...but a minor problem, as I said I'm not too savvy on 4-wheeled vehicles...so where might one go about finding the solenoid and how do I test it?
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Unread 11-12-2006, 08:36 PM   #9
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take it to autozone and they will test it for free.
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Unread 11-12-2006, 09:47 PM   #10
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Found and checked all the fuses and relays...all seems to be well with that. So I'm guessing solenoid for sure...but a minor problem, as I said I'm not too savvy on 4-wheeled vehicles...so where might one go about finding the solenoid and how do I test it?
How did you check the relay? Do you hear it when you turn the key to "Start" Check for 12V on either pin #85 or #86 (one is ground), with the key in the "Start" position...

Also you can jump pins #30 & #87 in the relay socket and it should turn the starter over reguardless of key position. If it starts then your relay, (or posibly ignitions switch) is bad.

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Unread 11-13-2006, 08:01 AM   #11
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Doesn't have a neutral safety switch. That year can be started without the clutch down and in gear if you wanted to. If it were the starter itself, it would most likely be a siezed pulley or somethin' if the solenoid's not clickin'...in which case I would think the lights would be dimming when you hit the starter, but that's not the case. Appreciate the feedback though

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Unread 11-13-2006, 08:41 AM   #12
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First, test the battery. Not with a voltmeter, do a proper test with a tester that can put a load on the battey and check the CCA's. A car battery can put out 12v but not enough amps to turn the engine over. Also, make sure the connections there are good and tight.

If that's OK, have a friend hold the key in the START position while you check for power at the starter trigger wire with a voltmeter or test light. If you've got power there, replace the starter.
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Unread 11-13-2006, 11:55 AM   #13
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Talkin' out of my language man lol. Like I said above, TOTAL newb at this kinda thing. Give me a bike and I'll fix it, give me a jeep and I'll stand there and stare at it.
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