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Unread 12-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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Jeep wont start (New battery, 1 year old starter)

Hey guys, my jeep wont start, i just put in a brand new battery, and the starter is a year old.
It wont even start when being jumped.

When i replaced the battery a month ago the guy at autozone checked my alternator and said it was good.

What else can it be?

thanks for the help.

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Unread 12-12-2010, 12:12 PM   #2
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1) does it turn over at all?
2) If no, do you have any power at all (lights, dash, radio)
3) if yes, does it make any sounds when you turn the key over?
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Unread 12-12-2010, 12:35 PM   #3
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it clicks, and the idiot cluster trys to turn on.
I only got radio power when trying to jump it with another car.
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Unread 12-12-2010, 05:55 PM   #4
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bump. Help please.
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Unread 12-12-2010, 05:57 PM   #5
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check your battery terminals for corrosion. And check the connection at the other end of the battery cables.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 09:56 AM   #6
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ok i will clean the connections really good and see if that helps. If that does not work what is my next step?
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Unread 12-13-2010, 10:29 AM   #7
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Unread 12-13-2010, 11:50 AM   #8
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How hard is it to pull the starter? I am thinking about pulling it and taking it to AZ, to have them test it.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 12:02 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 12:04 PM   #10
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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.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 12:06 PM   #11
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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.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 12:23 PM   #12
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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.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 01:20 PM   #13
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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.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #14
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You should really clean the connections good!!!
I just had this problem changed everything i could think of and it was the positive cable that wasn't getting a good connection.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 03:18 PM   #15
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You should really clean the connections good!!!
I just had this problem changed everything i could think of and it was the positive cable that wasn't getting a good connection.
I just did and that was it.
The corrosion was preventing the starting.

I am glad it was something this small!

I checked the fuses, they were all good.
Thanks for all the help guys.

Issues solved.
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