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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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what just happend!!? Bad starter?

There is no cranking at all when I turn the key, i tried jumping it with cables also, so I dont think its the.battery. I have noticed early morning when it has sat awhile, she will crank very slow then finally.turns...
Bad starter i am thinking...? Parked at my jobsite...

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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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Cleaned the battery cable terminals and posts lately?
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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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There is some corrosion around the + terminal but the lights work and my battery is reading @14
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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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Know how many amps it takes to run lights? Less than 20. How many for a starter? About 400. Clean the terminals as it's normal maintenance anyway..
what does the volt gauge on the dash do when the key goes to Start?
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Unread 08-19-2013, 06:16 PM   #5
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It is reading alittle less than half way and seems to go down as the key is in the on position. I tryed to jump and still got nothing
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Unread 08-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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"Seems" to go down? How much? To what number?
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Unread 08-21-2013, 04:34 AM   #7
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Battery has a bad cell +0 cranking amps
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Unread 08-21-2013, 06:35 PM   #8
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Ok so i replaced the.battery and the positive terminal. Still a no go... Starter? Fuse? What else could this be? Again the starter has been cranking very slowwww then speeding up and eventually the car would turn after it booted up it seemd
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Unread 08-21-2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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Odds are the brushes are worn out in your starter.... Have someone hold the key into the start position while you get under it and tap on the BACK OF STARTER HOUSING and see if it spins over font hit the side of starter the magnets are very fragile
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Unread 08-21-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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**** i already tryed doing that but hit all over the dam starter when the key was off...
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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #11
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Try to cross the solenoid out and see if it sparks or does anything if it don't and you have good battery voltage on the hot wire u need a starter
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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:37 PM   #12
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Can you explsin in more detail... Ive never really messed with a starter...
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Unread 08-21-2013, 11:04 PM   #13
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Whatever you do be careful around that starter if you aren't familiar with them.
There is a solenoid attached that ramps up the voltage and I saw a guy recently that had his wedding ring fry his finger after he touched the wrong area while working on it.

A starter is easy to remove, if you are in doubt just pull it and have it tested. Just make sure you disconnect the battery when you pull it.

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Unread 08-22-2013, 05:46 AM   #14
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My starter did the same thing for several weeks before it finally quit. Sometimes it would crank right up, sometimes it would slowly chug to life like the battery was dying. Popped in a new one form Napa and all was well again.
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Unread 08-22-2013, 10:44 AM   #15
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ounds like a starter and/ or starter solenoid issue. As mentioned before, when someone is turning the key, try fairly carefully tapping on the solenoid (the smaller cylindrical thingy on the starter) with a hammer, or directly at the back of the starter. If your Jeep wakes up, it's the solenoid/ starter.

I had this happen on both of my XJs, on which both came out good after replacing just the starter solenoid. Then again, a new starter isn't that expensive so you could just as well replace it instead of just the solenoid.
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