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post #1 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Jeep Gurus Help with starting issue

Ok here is the deal, The jeep has been getting harder and harder to start. And now sometimes it wont start at all.

Battery replaced 6 months ago, it was bad. I also checked the charging system at Napa when I replaced the battery it checked out good.

1) Jeep Cranks over very slow like the battery is going dead, I checked the battery and it checks out fine put it on the deep cycle charger over night lights and everything are extreamly bright, crank the jeep and it turns over real slow. Just to make sure that the batt, was not the problem I hooked it up to my company pickup with jumper calbes , It still cranked over very slow.

2) later that day it would not turn over at all like the battery was dead, All lights and everything worked fine. So I started looking at the starter. I removed the starter and took it to NAPA they tested it and said it checked out fine. I was so sure that it was the starter that I made them test it twice.
still tested ok. Took the starter back to the house put it back in the jeep and tried to start it still would not turn over, nothing !! Got pissed and tapped the starter with a hammer 5 or six times and the jeep started up fine. Now 1 to 2 days later the starting issue is coming back it is acting like the battery is going dead. Put it on the deep cycle charger and it says the battery is fully charged.??

Could the starter cause this issue?
Does the jeep have some sort of Voltage regulator that could not be sending the right amount of juice to the starter.

Where would you turn at this point? I dont want to spend $150 bucks on the starter. If that is not the issue.

HELP!!


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post #2 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah I also swapped the start relay with the horn relay and back I am sure its not the relay you can here the relay click. But the starter does not turn>

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 09:08 AM
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replace the starter. u tapped on it and then it worked.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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But the starter tested fine twice

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 08:54 PM
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Check your connections...If all is good, replace the starter...

The guys testing it may be wrong..
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-22-2007, 11:09 PM
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It's the starter.... there are many times when they will test fine in a store when taken out of the vehicle... think about this, the starter doesn't have to provide any torque when it's out of the vehicle to turn over the engine.

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-23-2007, 10:04 AM
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Check your battery/ starter cables and connections and make sure they're clean. I once saw a smiliar condition, but it was caused by battery acid seeping down through the cables and corroding the copper inside. You might also want to check your ground cables/ straps.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-26-2007, 02:23 PM
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I just had the same exact problem, and it was indeed the starter.
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