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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:29 AM   #1
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I need some technical advice, anyone up for it?

I am having some electrical trouble. I recently replaced my starter because my vehicle would not start periodically, it would sit there with all the lights on but nothing after that. After taking the part to a mechanic who rebuilt it, I reinstalled and the vehicle seemed to be working fine for about a month. After that, same old thing. I could bang on the starter and my Jeep would start, but in the end, it is a huge problem. I have had my battery and alternator checked at a local parts store, and they seem to be fine. I also replaced my battery cable ends. Could it be the starter again? I need some serious help, so any advice would be greatly appreciated...

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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:37 AM   #2
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Check the relay, solenoid and ignition switch. Also, check your connections on the solenoid and starter.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for your response mgertsch
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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:53 AM   #4
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just replaced my starter too bout 3 weeks ago. just didnt start one morning. took my battery with it. u said ur battery is fine though so thats good. def check the starter solenoid (sp) in ur fuse box under the hood. about a year ago my dad had to replace it because it did the same thing you were talking about. its a ten dollar part im pretty sure. i replaced that 2 three weeks ago just to be on the safe side.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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just replaced my starter too bout 3 weeks ago. just didnt start one morning. took my battery with it. u said ur battery is fine though so thats good. def check the starter solenoid (sp) in ur fuse box under the hood. about a year ago my dad had to replace it because it did the same thing you were talking about. its a ten dollar part im pretty sure. i replaced that 2 three weeks ago just to be on the safe side.
The solenoidis connected to the starter. The relay is in the PDC.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:55 AM   #6
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Most likely going to be a solenoid or connection to one, especially if a banging on your starter gets it going.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 11:01 AM   #7
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If there is any corrosion on the battery to starter or ground cable you will have the same problem, also the next time it does it try moving the shifter to neutral while starting it you may have a bad neutral safety switch.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 11:23 AM   #8
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I also replaced my battery cable ends. Could it be the starter again?
Yes, if you are banging on the starter to get it to work it is probably bad. Try to get a new or quality rebuilt one. Next replace both cables, not the ends. Unless you are cutting back the cables and soldering the correct cable ends on, you will kill another innocent electrical item. The cable ends that clamp on are only for temporary use.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 11:31 AM   #9
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Thank you all for the advice. Going to try the recommendations you have given and maybe pray a little. I didn't know this site existed until about an hour ago, but I am very happy to be a part of this online community.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:11 PM   #10
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When it doesn't start, does the starter click or anmything? I'm having problems with my nuetral safety switch and I guess its a very common problem. Like the other guy said, try putting it it nuetral and jiggle it around a little in nuetral to see if it starts.

The switch is expensive to buy, but you may want to try cleaning it if you think that may be the problem. Heres a link:
http://www.jeepin.com/features/nss/index.asp
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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:37 PM   #11
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After taking the part to a mechanic who rebuilt it, I reinstalled and the vehicle seemed to be working fine for about a month. After that, same old thing. I could bang on the starter and my Jeep would start, but in the end, it is a huge problem.
I would say that if your having the same issue and it starts after you hit on the solenoid then that is still your problem and it was probably re-built poorly. Does the mechanic you took it to have any warranty on it?

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Unread 10-12-2006, 01:58 PM   #12
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ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS
Check your grounds when diagnosing electrical problems. A loose, dirty or corroded ground connection can be misconstrued as a bad starter, alternator, etc.
You can spend tons of time and money chasing the problem if you dont check your connections.
Check the wires from the battery to starter to ground.
Also, check the NSS and the relays like the others said. Thats a big culprit too.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 02:26 PM   #13
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Changed out my Fuses and Relays; still broke. Tried putting it in neutral and starting and that wasn't the problem either. Ground and resistance checks were good. It was the starter itself again. I should have just bought a new one the first time around but I am too cheap. The guy who rebuilt it the first time is taking a look at it again. Almost want a refund and then buy a new one. Thanks all for the advice. You guys rock!
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