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Unread 09-30-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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starter or battery?

okay so when i got in my jeep today i tried to start it up, i didnt turn over. so i got out checked the battery it seems to have good connections. but i got back in and truned the key and a loud grinding noise was comin from under the hood, i personally think its the starter. the battery is only one year old, so is there any way i can check if its the starter?

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Unread 09-30-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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99 times out of 100, that problem is either a bad battery connection or a weak battery. You can't tell if the connections are bad by just looking at them. Period. You absolutely have to remove both battery connectors, wire brush them and the battery posts, and then reinstall them tightly to determine if the connections are at fault or not. If that doesn't do the trick, take the battery to your local auto parts store and have it load tested.

I would bet $$$ your starter is fine.
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Unread 09-30-2010, 06:04 PM   #3
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alright thank ya man, im gonna take the battery out tonight and clean everything and see what that does, weve had a lot of raining lately and i know the battery got pretty wet at one point, but that wouldnt do too much to it right?
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No need to actually take the battery to clean up the connections, you can leave it mounted in the Jeep while cleaning them. Only remove it and take it to an auto parts store for testing if cleaning and tightening the connections doesn't help.
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also after about an hour of sittin there, when i got back with some jumper cables it started up with very little problem without the jumper cables
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Had same issue......it was the battery.
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also after about an hour of sittin there, when i got back with some jumper cables it started up with very little problem without the jumper cables
That alone very likely indicates an intermittent battery connection, clean 'em.
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Spend $10 and pick up a cheep volt meter for your tool box. Comes in handy in times like this.
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Unread 10-01-2010, 10:33 AM   #9
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the battery is good, and all connections they said were good. its gotta be the starter? cant having a lot of water on it damage it?
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