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Unread 01-20-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
Nevinon
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Trouble starting

I have a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. It's been sitting in the yard for a few years, and this summer, I decided that I would try to get it running again. After doing a good deal of work on replacing the end-bearings, my oil-pan gasket, and my valve-cover gasket, I got it back together and ready to try, but it wouldn't start. I turned the key and just got one click. Not a series of clicks (as one does with a low battery) just one click, coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment. The battery is from another vehicle, but the other vehicle is running, and when switched back, the other vehicle had no problem starting. Removed and cleaned up the starter, took it into an auto-parts vendor, tested it, and it was fine. Ran a line straight from the battery to the positive lead on the starter, and was able to get it to turn over (coil was unplugged because I am just trying to get the oil pressure up at this point). Tested the line from the battery to the alternator, and it was fine. Suspect something between either the key and the starter, or battery and starter... Have no clue what I am doing when it comes to electronics... Any assistance would be much appreciated.

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Unread 01-20-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum !

1 click has always meant a poor connection at the battery in mt experience . I suggest cleaning and inspecting the terminals .
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Unread 01-20-2014, 09:32 PM   #3
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I had a 23' boat that sat dry docked for a few years and when I went down to get it ready for the water the engine had enough rust, due to condensation, to seize the rings. I sprayed some PB Blaster into each of it's cylinders and cranked on the harmonic balancer with a 1/2"drive and a 3' pipe to free it. I was lucky it still worked after that but winterizing an engine won't last 10 years.
This might be your problem or your starter might have frozen.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 12:52 AM   #4
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I'd suggest what newfie had said. Clean the terminals very well including, if needed, changing them. I had this problem with my Jeep at the gas station. Make sure there is no corrosion at all.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 02:17 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum !

1 click has always meant a poor connection at the battery in mt experience . I suggest cleaning and inspecting the terminals .
One click in my experience was always a starter issue.

Crawl under the Jeep and put a screw driver or some type of metal rod on each of the starter terminals with the key in the "on" position and see if it will turn over.

Clean/tight battery terminals and grounds will definitely cause an issue. Even if they look good, take them off and clean them and crank them on.
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