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post #1 of 5 Old 01-10-2016, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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95 YJ won't crank/turn over

Hey everyone,

I have a 95 Jeep YJ 4 cyl 5 speed manual, was running errands in it yesterday having no issues, but today go out to start it up and am hearing no engine clicking/cranking. The battery comes on at full power when I put the key in. The radio seems to turn off when I go turn the key, wondering if it is a continuity issue to the starter? From looking around some forums it sounds like it could be the ground or the starter. I tried tapping the starter to free up the solenoid, also filed the battery terminals and connections and reattached. All connections are tight, any help would be appreciated!

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-10-2016, 11:50 AM
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off the top. Try tapping the battery again with a wrench. at this point that is my suggestion.

Also look at the wire connections for corrosion, check your ground connections battery to frame, a bad ground may let radio work but not the starter.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-10-2016, 09:58 PM
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hehehe....sorry to giggle. Im old school......and if you got in mud and or water.....this happens.
Get a rubber hammer......beat your starter MOTOR....near the back of it a few times. firm dead blows....dont try and smash it.
The brushed get stuck now and then.......beat it and they slide down onto the winding. takes 2 min....worth a try right? if it works.....remove and flush and lube starter or get a new one. Im cheap, sop i carry a hammer in jeep.....one or 2 good wacks every 2 weeks.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-11-2016, 08:15 AM
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No click? So the bendix on the starter doesn't even try to engage? Switch the starter relay with the horn relay. If you still get nothing then a quick check on the starter relay socket will tell you what you need to know. 85 is a constant ground on a manual, pin 86 is a switched feed. Use a meter or test light between the 2 pins in the relay socket and turn the key to start. You should see 12 volts. 30 is a battery feed and always hot so measure between it and the block or battery, you should see 12 volts. Ignore the middle terminal it is not used. If both those are good, you need to replace the starter. Just replace a starter last night in a 96 Cherokee. $50 from Autozone.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-11-2016, 12:41 PM
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Additionally, if you do want to replace the starter, auto parts stores will test them for free. You can try that before actually replacing it to make sure you are replacing the correct parts.
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