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post #1 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Starter Solenoid or Starter Motor Problems

I own a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X with a 4L engine.
I woke up one morning unable to start the car. It's making an rapid clicking sound, but it's not trying to turn the engine over. After I had a friend give me a jump, I managed to start the engine. I filled her up with gas, and after that five minute period, the car started normally, but the starter motor was turning slowly, but managed to start the engine. However, when I tried to restart it after stopping in the store, the same problem appeared. The engine is clicking, but not attempting to turn over. I can't figure out whether it's the battery, the starter solenoid, or the starter motor. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Another notable symptom being that all the gauges are jumping while I'm turning the ignition. I opened up the hood and took a look in, and everything looked normally, the terminals on the battery are clean and there's no build-up there. The read-out on the voltage meter is above 9volts, so that's normal. However, there was a wire hanging near the belt that I hadn't seen before, but wasn't able to figure out where it came from as I had no light and this was after dark. Help, please.

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 10:12 PM
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Get a new battery. 9 volts is not normal 13-14 is. And it's a Jeep not a car.

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The solenoid clicking (chattering) repeatedly is a sure sign of low voltage. New battery time.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 10:34 PM
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Yup...get a new battey, and clean and tighten your cables. Do this ASAP, or you will need an alternator too. (you may need one now?)

Clean connections on your starter.

If your starter is bad, you will need a core.........if your starter is only worth core charge and you have time..take it apart and see what makes it tick....if you mess up no big deal cause you are trading it in anyway.

all the best to you and your jeep

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Thanks for the help guys, I'll be sure to get a new battery. I know the alternator is fine though, because while the battery wasn't holding a charge, the alternator was still trying to put a charge to it. Thanks guys.
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