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Unread 12-18-2011, 08:48 AM   #1
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Click when trying to start

This morning I went out to start the jeep and all it gave me was a single click. All the lights turned on and the radio. I did have to clean and re-tighten my positive battery cable because of a similar issue I was having. My ground and positive wires are both looking pretty rugged so I am thinking that the wires are just not supporting the voltage needed to start the starter. Any other possibilities?

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Unread 12-18-2011, 09:13 AM   #2
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Mine did this once, I crawled under it and tapped the starter with a screwdriver. After that it's been starting fine but I need to get a new starter soon.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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I tried to hit it with a canoe paddle Didnt do any difference so im pretty sure the brushes arent sticking...
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Unread 12-18-2011, 10:14 AM   #4
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I tried to hit it with a canoe paddle Didnt do any difference so im pretty sure the brushes arent sticking...
unless youve got nasty canoe paddle skills, that wouldnt be anywhere as effective as a hammer on the starter.

check battery voltage, ground from batt to block, etc etc.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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This morning I went out to start the jeep and all it gave me was a single click. All the lights turned on and the radio. I did have to clean and re-tighten my positive battery cable because of a similar issue I was having. My ground and positive wires are both looking pretty rugged so I am thinking that the wires are just not supporting the voltage needed to start the starter. Any other possibilities?

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I see you have an AX15 trans. It could be the clutch safety, too...

And I agree that a canoe paddle won't have the punch required to free sticky starter brushes.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 10:55 AM   #6
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take it apart, quiet easy to do, clean it

the brushes in mine were stuck
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #7
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Remove both (!) battery connections and wire brush the battery posts and the inside of the connections until they are bright and shiny. This is one of those things where you can't look at them and pronounce either as 'ok' since the connectors/connections might look ok but not be good enough to allow enough current (amperes) to pass through them to let the starter fully engage.

If that doesn't fix it, charge the battery overnight. If that doesn't do it, have the battery load tested which is the only way to know its true health. Odds are very good the problem is either battery connector or battery related and not a bad starter.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #8
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Remove both (!) battery connections and wire brush the battery posts and the inside of the connections until they are bright and shiny. This is one of those things where you can't look at them and pronounce either as 'ok' since the connectors/connections might look ok but not be good enough to allow enough current (amperes) to pass through them to let the starter fully engage.

If that doesn't fix it, charge the battery overnight. If that doesn't do it, have the battery load tested which is the only way to know its true health. Odds are very good the problem is either battery connector or battery related and not a bad starter.
x2 on cleaning those battery connections till they shine!
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:19 AM   #9
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Get a cheap voltmeter and test the battery (after cleaning and tightening all connections). Just changed my battery yesterday with same symptoms.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 11:58 AM   #10
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I will admit, my canoe paddle beatin skills are probably no match for a hammer! but tomorrow i am going to try to clean off the cables real good and get new terminals cause mine look like hell!
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Unread 12-19-2011, 04:45 AM   #11
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Great advice, focus on the simplest fix first. Battery and cables.
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Unread 12-19-2011, 07:07 AM   #12
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Hmm, well, I tried replacing the terminals and cleaned the wiring around the terminals until it shined. Still a click. Then I noticed that if I turn the key only half way (one turn before start) and left it there a few seconds, then turned all the way, she'd start right up. Any ideas guys? I only did this 3-4 times so maybe a coincidence but I don't know?
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Hmm, well, I tried replacing the terminals and cleaned the wiring around the terminals until it shined. Still a click. Then I noticed that if I turn the key only half way (one turn before start) and left it there a few seconds, then turned all the way, she'd start right up. Any ideas guys? I only did this 3-4 times so maybe a coincidence but I don't know?
It's definitely just clicking and not cranking, right? If its cranking and not starting unless you leave the key on its prob fuel related. Clicking is usually electrical.

Turn your headlights on before trying to start it and then crank it, see if your headlights dim really low when it clicks.

When I had a bad main ground (from battery to engine block) mine clicked unless I left the key in the on position a few seconds before cranking.
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Unread 12-19-2011, 08:07 AM   #14
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Sounds like a bad connection somewhere, dirty or loose ground since you say you cleaned and replaced your battery terminals.
I have come to find out that the 4.0 (at least) engines in the Jeep requires full power to crank. It seems that if the terminals are just the littlest bit corroded they will not crank and just give you a "click". They are much more sensitive than any other vehicle I have ever owned, if you can see any corrosion then it probably won't start.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 08:52 AM   #15
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OK so now that I have cleaned the battery terminals and given her a bath, I'm getting a single click and then about half a second later she'll start?? Any ideas guys?
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