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Frozen starter

Hey everyone. I have an '02 Wrangler X 4.0. After going thru puddles now that things are starting to melt up here in Maine, it then gets cold again overnight and my starter freezes. I have to use my hairdryer on it for 10 minutes or so to get it to start. Any ideas on how to shield it? Know of a starter that won't freeze? Thanks!

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-10-2019, 07:37 PM
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Hey everyone. I have an '02 Wrangler X 4.0. After going thru puddles now that things are starting to melt up here in Maine, it then gets cold again overnight and my starter freezes. I have to use my hairdryer on it for 10 minutes or so to get it to start. Any ideas on how to shield it? Know of a starter that won't freeze? Thanks!
Sounds more like the Bendix is getting weak and rusty. Sorry to say but it really sounds like a new starter will be the only real cure. A slush puddle or two should not be binding it up and it's not as cold up here as it was a couple of weeks ago. Hair dryer until you get warmer weather (or it completely goes) and swap it out.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-11-2019, 07:39 AM
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There is always the remote possibility that water is actually freezing inside the housing from puddle jumping...Normal motor radiated heat should evaporate that water once you shut down however. A more likely explanation would be 'rust' or stiffened/tacky grease due to cold. You could easily hang an incandescent light bulb over/under the starter at night, which may warm it enough to allow easy starting. Your other option is to drop the starter and inspect it, as well as energize it (on the ground) to observe whether the gear is properly throwing.
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