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Unread 06-04-2008, 05:56 AM   #1
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04 Liberty Won't Start--Clicking Noise?

We have an 04 Liberty that as of yesterday afternoon would not start. It was driven around town yesterday morning, but after being parked for a few hours, would not and will not start.

The ignition can be turned to the ON, ACC positions, and the Lights, radio, etc work fine.

When the ignition is turned all the way, instead of the engine starting up, there is just a repetitive clicking noise. It sounds almost like a wind-up car when the ignition is turned.

It sounds to me like this is the Starter. The dash shows a blinking Check Engine Light when the ignition is turned on, after the normal pop-up icons dissappear.

Could disconnecting the negative lead of the battery cable help/ clear the possible code(s) for a while to see if it'll start?

Any help/advice is appreciated.

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Unread 06-04-2008, 08:39 AM   #2
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We have an 04 Liberty that as of yesterday afternoon would not start. It was driven around town yesterday morning, but after being parked for a few hours, would not and will not start.

The ignition can be turned to the ON, ACC positions, and the Lights, radio, etc work fine.

When the ignition is turned all the way, instead of the engine starting up, there is just a repetitive clicking noise. It sounds almost like a wind-up car when the ignition is turned.

It sounds to me like this is the Starter. The dash shows a blinking Check Engine Light when the ignition is turned on, after the normal pop-up icons dissappear.

Could disconnecting the negative lead of the battery cable help/ clear the possible code(s) for a while to see if it'll start?

Any help/advice is appreciated.
Almost a sure bet that it's the battery.
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Unread 06-04-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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We tried to jump start it, but it didn't work. The battery may just be completely shot. The clicking noise sounds like a relay of some kind tripping on and off. I'm going to swap the battery from my wrangler into the liberty to try and isolate the problem.
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Unread 06-04-2008, 09:28 PM   #4
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I swapped in the battery from my Wrangler, and the Liberty started right back up.

Any suggestions for a new battery for the Liberty?
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Unread 06-05-2008, 01:59 PM   #5
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There are several brands,Diehard,Exide,Interstate.Get one with more cranking amps,then the stock one.
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I swapped in the battery from my Wrangler, and the Liberty started right back up.

Any suggestions for a new battery for the Liberty?
I'm very partial to the optima yellow-tops. Or a red-top for that matter, but I like the deep-cycle option.
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Unread 06-05-2008, 05:01 PM   #7
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I'm very partial to the optima yellow-tops. Or a red-top for that matter, but I like the deep-cycle option.
The optimas are way expensive. I got a red-top for my wrangler about 1.5 yrs ago, only because the yellow-tops were just that much more expensive. It has and is continuing to serve me well, but the Liberty didn't need that kind of battery. So, we went with an Autocraft battery from Advance Auto. It has a good warranty, and more CCA than the stock battery. Good to go.
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Unread 09-06-2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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Same problem

I actually have the same problem happening in my Jeep Liberty right now. I just bought a new battery and replaced the old one, but it still is not starting up. Any ideas?
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Unread 09-06-2013, 11:41 AM   #9
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I sounds like its electrical... my 02 liberty has a flat copper bar (very thin) on the positive terminal connector, plus the positive terminal was corroded and flimsy, I cut the old terminal off leaving about 1-1/12 inch copper bar and bought a brass terminal replacement. Make sure your terminal connectors are clean... I have a corrosion problem with mine and every battery I put in my liberty ended with blue crystals covering the terminals, that stuff is extremely corrosive, if you have that, be sure to buy a can of terminal cleaner that turns pink whereever there is acid and clean it with a hose while your battery is out. Try climbing underneath and getting a good view of the starter, if there is gunk around it (old oil) that could be your problem. There should be a starter motor and a gear kicker on the side that pushes a gear forward, try tapping a hammer on the starter in different spots, don't dent it, but tap hard enough to kick foreign materials loose.
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I swear by these. I'm not sure how they work but I have never seen corrosion on my terminals with these felt pads on.

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Unread 09-07-2013, 05:11 AM   #11
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I actually have the same problem happening in my Jeep Liberty right now. I just bought a new battery and replaced the old one, but it still is not starting up. Any ideas?

What exactly is your Jeep not doing....this is such an old thread it is best to start from scratch.

Does it turn over but not start?

There is a very common problem with the actuator pin that turns the ignition switch breaks off so you get ignition lights on but no power to the solenoid when you try to start it.

Some more details please!
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When I turn the key over it makes a quick ticking noise, I have already replace the starter, which was terribly bad. However, it was my first time every doing that, so I'm not going to say that I knew what i was doing 100% it was mainly from YouTube. Also, it acts like it wants to turn over, but just never gets that extra energy. It has a half tank of gas, new starter, new batter, all electronics work. Idk what else.
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What exactly is your Jeep not doing....this is such an old thread it is best to start from scratch.

Does it turn over but not start?

There is a very common problem with the actuator pin that turns the ignition switch breaks off so you get ignition lights on but no power to the solenoid when you try to start it.

Some more details please!
I have the same problem with my 07. It turns over but feels very weak. Some days it will start every time. But sometimes I will be stuck somewhere over 20 minutes trying to start it. The starter doesn't keep trying it turns once then that's it. Has only 75k and a new optima.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 04:05 PM   #14
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I have the same problem with my 07. It turns over but feels very weak. Some days it will start every time. But sometimes I will be stuck somewhere over 20 minutes trying to start it. The starter doesn't keep trying it turns once then that's it. Has only 75k and a new optima.
Check and make sure all battery connections are clean and tight . Also check connections to the Seloniod /starter .
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Unread 09-09-2013, 01:36 AM   #15
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Also check the negative cable going to chassis is clean and tight and there is a grounding strap connecting engine to chassis....make sure that is clean and tight.


What happens if you remove the Starter Relay and jumper pins 30 and 87 in the relay socket...make sure you are in neutral!

This bypasses the interlocks on the starter relay such as Jeep is in neutral/park and bypasses the ignition switch and the Starter Relay....the engine should turn over.!!

If the engine does now turn over it means: Starter relay bad, interlocks bad or possibly the actuator that operates the ignition switch has broken...a common problem!
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