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Click, but no CRANK. 2001 XJ

Howdy, I'm new here, but not to car forums in general, so I already tried searching, but nobody seems to have the same problem I have.

2001 XJ Cherokee Limited

I suck at telling stories so I'll bullet it.

So I've had issues with my starter, so I've replaced it with some used rebuilt ones about 3 times in about 2 years.

Few days ago driving in the rain, gauges randomly turn off for about a minute. Weird.

Girlfriend gets mad that I haven't attempted to fix A/C in 2 years I've owned car. Look up on the forum common problems, find vacuum tube broken behind battery, fix that, recharge it with gas, Awesome A/C fixed in half an hour.

Few days ago I start up car to move it in the driveway, starter sticks to flywheel after starting with horrible grinding noise, I immediately shut if off, restart it with no problem.

Go to work Thursday at 3AM, rains all night/morning,, 10AM I get out of work go to my car, insert key, radio turns on, gauges turn on, turn key and CLICK. No turning, no cranking, nothing but a CLICK. Great, I broke my 3rd Starter in 2 years.

I bang on the starter while a co worker cranks it up for me. Cranks up and works, I drive home. At Home I try again and again CLICK and nothing else.

Today (Friday) I go to NAPA and exchange the old starter (which I bought from there 3 months ago NEW). I install the new starter/change my oil.

Car cranks up, Move car to shady spot, wash it/hose it down. Going to move it again and CLICK.

On my father's advice I held it while I moved the shifter and nothing but CLICK so it doesn't seem like the Neutral Safety Switch.

NO. HECK NO. There is NO WAY I broke 4 starters in less than 2 years, 3 of them since November.

I read an almost similar issue on the forum and someone suggested getting a new key switch, because they were able to remove their key while the car was running, but I've always been able to do so.

So I don't even know. Seems like an electrical problem. And I don't even know. So what do you guys think?

UPDATE: My buddy came over, and bypassed the solenoid with a screwdriver, and it cranked up. But how can it be bad on a NEW starter?

UPDATE NUMBER 2: My grandfather advised me to have a beer, relax, and be patient. Then he told me to clean the plastic connector on the solenoid. Turns out experience is better than whatever it's working.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-07-2013, 04:08 PM
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Clicking and not starting is usually caused by loose/dirty/corroded wires or wire connections.

Most rebuilt starters are garbage, especially one with a "Lifetime Warranty" .


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