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Unread 08-17-2005, 05:11 PM   #1
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Won't Start-- Not Battery

So my Jeep isn't starting at all right now. If I have a friend jump it, it starts and runs just fine. I've checked the battery and the cables with a voltmeter, and they are all fine. I assume the alternator is fine as the battery has a normal charge. Other ideas?

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Unread 08-17-2005, 05:14 PM   #2
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It could still be your battery. If your battery isn't putting out enough amperage then it won't be able to start your engine. It is possible for the battery to display full or near full voltage but low amperage. I would recommend getting the battery tested. But your problem could also be your starter or the solenoid. Any good auto parts store should be able to test all these parts for you but you will have to remove them.

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Unread 08-17-2005, 05:16 PM   #3
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If it needs to be jumped to start it, that would point towards a bad battery. Sometimes, individual cells in the battery can go bad. The battery will still read 12v, but it won't put out the amperage to crank the engine.

Looks like someone beat me to it...
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Unread 08-17-2005, 05:22 PM   #4
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Mine had the same prob as yours. jump it and was good, but it would only hold a charge for about 6-8 hours. It was the battery. Hope this helps.
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Unread 08-17-2005, 05:25 PM   #5
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It could still be your battery. If your battery isn't putting out enough amperage then it won't be able to start your engine. It is possible for the battery to display full or near full voltage but low amperage. I would recommend getting the battery tested. But your problem could also be your starter or the solenoid. Any good auto parts store should be able to test all these parts for you but you will have to remove them.

Good Luck!
What he said. A voltmeter is effectively useless at testing batteries (automotive or otherwise) unless it can put a load on it.

Most national chain auto parts stores (AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys, etc) will test your battery, starter, and alternator for free. Go to one of those places and see what comes up, I bet it's a bad battery.

Not for nothing, but the terminal connectors are tight on the battery, right?
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Unread 08-17-2005, 06:25 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone, just took a new battery. It started up just fine after that. I like the simple fixes.
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