How hard is it to pull the starter? I am thinking about pulling it and taking it to AZ, to have them test it.
I usually just run jumper cables straight to the starter. It sparks quite a bit, but you bypass everything else that could be causing the problem.
In fact, when I bought my first Jeep (a 1973 Cherokee), I only paid $300 for it because the owner couldn't get it started. I jumped it, heard it run, and paid him the $300. I came back later with new battery cables and a new solenoid, and drove the Jeep home.
test for draw first. A long time ago I drove a tow truck. For a field check to see if the starter is pulling current we used to: turn on the headlights, with the headlights on turn key to try to start car, if the starter is pulling power the lights will dim, if they dont dim its a good indication that either the solenoid or the starter is bad.
Not to sound ignorant, but have you checked all your fuses. I mean the big maxi fuses (40a). I had a blown 40a maxi on my 91 and it caused all kind of "no-power" issues. I swapped out 2 alt's before finding the problem. Always try the simple things first.
Originally Posted by Mymmars
when your start to anthropomorphise your jeep into somthing above a dog and below a hooker
starters are easy, like 2 bolts and 2 wires, look under the paaengers side, you will see it. looks like a rocket ship to me. it shouldnt be the starter, because it would still try to turn over. if it was the starter it should make a funy sound before or after starting it...if it was going outanyways.
it clicks, and the idiot cluster trys to turn on.
I only got radio power when trying to jump it with another car.
This seems to indicate a poor battery connection.
Start by cleaning both ends of the battery cables.
Side note: My son had frequent problems with his cell phone. I told him to clean the contacts. He continued having problems. When I told him to clean his contacts, he complained that he had just finished putting them back in.
He was erasing his contact list, instead of cleaning the battery connections.