2004 Wrangler - starts hard? - JeepForum.com

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 08-23-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
sidekick705
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rumford
Posts: 2
2004 Wrangler - starts hard?

My first jeep, about 109,000 miles. Replaced battery (Diehard) and all was going well for about 3 months. Has begun starting hard, battery tests out at 12.5 amps at rest and 13.9 amps while running. Have checked all lights, radio etc. to be sure nothing is draining the battery.
Not sure where to start....alternator, starter or maybe just not driving it enough to keep battery charged?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

sidekick705 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 Old 08-23-2013, 10:32 AM
Zombi
Registered User
1999 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: MA
Posts: 1,464
Define "hard start"
Does it crank forever?
Does it turn over sloooowly?
Does it fire and die several times before catching?
Does it shudder when started?
etc
Describe your symptoms.

Call me Z
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbates View Post
Zombi's are in fact very unpleasant to be around, they smell, and bite--also, they eat babies.
Zombi is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 08-24-2013, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
sidekick705
Registered User
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rumford
Posts: 2
Think "slooooowly" best descirbes it. Also, first crank in the am it is as if the battery is dying then it catches and starts. Over the course of a few starts it gets worse.
Does that help? I was leaning towards a starter problem?
sidekick705 is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 08-24-2013, 12:23 PM
Jerry Bransford
Administrator
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
2004 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Escondido, California
Posts: 66,621
I'd wirebrush both battery connectors & the posts, after completely removing them, and then reinstall them tightly enough that you can't move either connector with your hands even with some force. Looking at them & pronouncing them ok based on looking ok isn't good enough when troubleshooting this type of problem. Yes I realize they were disconnected & reconnected when your battery was replaced.

One thing about our battery connectors... they are made from lead & as such, can wear enough where they fit around the battery posts so they cannot be tightened tightly enough to prevent this type of problem. There is a free & easy fix for that if your connectors cannot be tightened tightly enough.

If that doesn't help, it's time to remove the connectors at the starter motor & see what they look like.

Getting
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
...


When you have a choice, buy American.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Jerry Bransford is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome