And it killed my harmonic dampener.
First, the starter story:
From Rockauto.com for $75. Brand new and no core charge. Jeep was cranking a little slow sometimes and then the other day I came out from driving to the store to be met with just a "CLICK" when I turned the key. After about 8 more tries it fired up and had been O.K. (it was starting) for the past few days but I knew it's days were numbered.
When I hit the key on this new starter it cranked as if I had 2 batteries! Those old contacts were definitely causing alot of resistance.
3 days later:
The jeep all of a sudden develops a bad vibration at 1500 rpm. A quick search revealed this is a common sign of a failed dampener especially on a high mileage engine (149k). I had no check engine light so therefore no engine miss and all the mounts are pretty new.
I believe the hard hitting new starter provided the final death blow to a failing dampener.
5.9 ZJ SCT tuned PCM/ KJK CAI/ Thorley headers with 3" Magnaflow cat and muffler/ Modded kegger/ TransGo shift kit/ Vanco brake kit/ Braided steel brake lines/ Mopar cupholder insert!