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post #1 of 4 Old 10-23-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep Starting Issue

Hey, I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7L.

Everything was fine with my Jeep until I got it inspected (stupid Pennsylvania vehicle inspections). Now intermittently it won't start. The starter will click, I hear the fuel pump, all lights that are supposed to come on upon start up come on but the vehicle won't crank.

From everything I've pieced together online I've read it can be anything from the ignition switch, to the keys along with a ton of other things. I have two keys for the vehicle, the key I use as my primary one has been known to have to problems for the previous owner, however I've used it solely for the last 4 years and never had an issue with it. Either way I've tried both keys when the vehicle won't start and it makes no difference.

I've tried switching relays, checked fuses, tried starting in neutral all make no difference. I replaced the battery like two years ago, and when I tested it the voltage was normal.

While I don't think it's related, my multifunction lever that controls the lights has been giving me some problems, it now clicks every time the steering wheel is turned left, and it has made my trip odometer and information center screen flicker (only once) so I know that needs to be replaced, but could that be related to the starting issue?

I really appreciate any help with this, I'm currently out of state and don't know a good mechanic to take it to and I'm not big on taking my vehicle to mechanics to begin with. It also doesn't help that my other car my Dodge Avenger is out of commission because of a broken oxygen sensor I can't get out, so I really need my Jeep right now.

My Jeep does have 154,000 miles on it, but I do take care of it. This is honestly the first issue I've really had with it.

In regards to the inspection, I honestly don't think anything was done that could affect my starter. The things that needed fixed were brakes, a wheel bearing and my rear axle seals. I trust my mechanic and even called him about this the first time this happened and he tried to help me through finding what the issue was, so I trust the guy. I just don't know what the problem could be.

Again appreciate any help, thanks a bunch.

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-23-2013, 11:57 AM
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9/10 its the starter solenoid connection . Either the connection is corroded or you need a new starter becasue you can't just rplace the solenoid .

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-23-2013, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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I sorta messed around with the connections on the starter motor and the thing started right up. So as soon as I have more time or I am back home and have my garage again, I'll clean up the connections and hope it's no longer an issue. Thanks for the response, helped a lot.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-24-2013, 08:51 AM
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corrosion is in the crimp at the female terminal of the yellow wire on the solenoid. best solution is to replace the terminal and weatherproof it with some shrink tubing
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