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Unread 08-20-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo makes fast clicking noises

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Okay, I purchased a used 1998 Red Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo in October of 2013. Loved it! I found out that it started having start up issues around early 2014 when it was still winter time. I will admittedly state that there were days I wouldn't start my car up and just let it sit in the driveway (my dad and brother tell me it's not good for it to sit up, esp. during the winter.) put in the key, and it wouldn't start. we ended up jumping it and within less than a minute it started up. I noticed it would not start up some times even when I didn't leave it idle. Just today I stuck the key in and turned it (the fob never really worked) and the lights on the inside lit up, which i've noticed that that means it'll start up. I stick my key into the ignition and try and the lights (faint as my eyes deceived me) turn off and I hear a very fast clicking noise and the faint lights seem to be synchronized with the sound. It's just clicking away and the car will not start up. :/

This is my first car and I am honestly discouraged. We've purchased a new battery from the Wal-Mart automotive department earlier this year and the car roared to life when we did. We even got new battery connector thingies because one looked crusty and old. I thought that my car would work and no longer need to be jumped just to start. It's getting really annoying as I find myself needing to get my license and wanting to make it in my jeep. I also would like to take myself to and from school, but i'm afraid i'll need to have it jumped all of the time just to go places, and that's not cool.)

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Obviously i'm not the only one with my Jeep making fast clicking noises and not starting up as I used Google and I saw dozens of threads with a similar title to mine. I doubt it's the battery (it tested good. then again I could be wrong since I know nothing about cars) PLEASE HELP ME!!

P.S.: Sorry for the novel and sorry in advance if this is in the wrong place.

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Unread 08-20-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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The clicking noise is the starter trying (and failing) to start due to low voltage.

Which means that something is draining your battery. Look around for threads on "parasitic drain" and get yourself a multimeter and do a drain test.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 08-20-2014, 03:30 PM   #3
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Also, a jeep in that condition can kill a battery so once you fix your problem you may still have to replace the battery.

As a stop gap, buy yourself one of these: http://www.homedepot.com/p/BLACK-DEC...BM3B/202710992 and plug your jeep in when you're at home. I did that for months with my niner before I fixed my parasitic drain problems.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 08-20-2014, 03:47 PM   #4
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if the clicking is happening before you turn the key to "start", then you have a relay opening and closing because it's bad or the voltage is insufficient to hold it closed. Use your ear and finger and find out which relay is clicking, swap it with one with the same part number stamped on it. It will probably be in the PDC which is the fuse box under the hood. If you swap and have the same result, compare battery voltage to what is coming into that relay (with a meter). That will get you started, maybe you can fix your issue with just this.
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Unread 08-21-2014, 09:10 AM   #5
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Something that can kill the battery in 3-4 days is the "door ajar" warning switch in the tail gate. It's behind the closeout panel. You can get a new one or just unplug it. If you have a lift gate window that opens it will have a similar switch that can cause the same issue. It's easy to try it anyway!
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