I have an 89 and a 91. They are both 4 poppers. Why do they seem to turn over so slow? My friend has a 95 with a 4 popper, and it doesn't like to turn over either. Once all 3 of them start, they're fine. My 96 4.0 Cherokee turns over quickly, and fires up almost instantly. Any body elses 4 bangers start like this? Or is it something I need to get used to?
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Do you mean put the positive cable right to the starter lug?
Yes. There is already a wire running straight from the battery to the starter terminal. Then there is a small 12V that is the turn-on lead that tells the starter to go. Basically you are just adding another way for the current to get there.
My first guess would be a starter, of course I am an novice and that is a typical novice theory but if the current it getting there it shouldn't matter how directly, voltage drop could be an issue with bad connections but i guess your direct method should cancel that theory out.
Mine did the same thing until I put my optima in there. That cleared mine right up.Turns over just as quick as my truck and its a 350. Check your starter. Like was said before you can check this with a set of jumper cables.