Any tips/tricks to changing the starter on '02 4.0l WJ? - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 8 Old 09-20-2019, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Any tips/tricks to changing the starter on '02 4.0l WJ?

Got an '02 4.0l WJ. Monday morning, the starter acted up and almost stranded me at the gas station on my way to work. after fiddling around, I smacked the starter a couple times and it started. Starters also sounded rather unhealthy for a while so I figured I'd run it till it gave problems, then swap in my spare. The time has come.


Seems rather straight forward, and I have done it before(changed transmission), but it's been 2 years so my memories a little hazy.



Any key tips/tricks/pointers I should be aware of? As I recall, I just need to disconnect positive battery cable at battery, unfasten/unplug wires on starter, unbolt starter, and insall in revers order.



Planning on tackling this during the day tomorrow, and I have to be at a Jeep club even by 4pm, so want to get this done as efficiently/hangup free as possible.


I'm not exactly inexperienced with repairs, just it's been a while since I've been in this area and I need this done as fast as possible.


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post #2 of 8 Old 09-20-2019, 06:49 PM
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never did wj. first time on xj was tough. 2 size bolts from different directions. dirty.


rebuilt one was no good so i did it twice...


got a actual factory ABSOLUTLY NEW ONE for 2nd, last time.
its good...i dont buy rebuilt starters...,or reman...

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never did wj. first time on xj was tough. 2 size bolts from different directions. dirty.


rebuilt one was no good so i did it twice...


got a actual factory ABSOLUTLY NEW ONE for 2nd, last time.
its good...i dont buy rebuilt starters...,or reman...

Got one I pulled from a parts Jeep that worked when removed. Also got the whole engine and the transmissions already installed.

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Haven't done mine in a few years but I'm pretty sure you have it down. It's not too involved. Had to change mine in a supermarket parking lot once and it took me about 30 minutes.


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Haven't done mine in a few years but I'm pretty sure you have it down. It's not too involved. Had to change mine in a supermarket parking lot once and it took me about 30 minutes.
No idea about an WJ but gotta figure a 4.0 is a 4.0. On an XJ IMO probably the easiest repair to do on one.
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Anyone know about the differences beween aon '02 and an '04? Got it changed but had to make an adapter cable for the solinoid wire and the motor is a little longer on the one from the '04. It seems to take a couple extra cranks with the new starter before it starts and the starter sounds a lot different.

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Anyone know about the differences beween aon '02 and an '04? Got it changed but had to make an adapter cable for the solinoid wire and the motor is a little longer on the one from the '04. It seems to take a couple extra cranks with the new starter before it starts and the starter sounds a lot different.
I use Napa online for stuff like this. You can look up a part and go to the words Buyer's Guide farther down the page to see what vehicles the part fits. Now how accurate it is?
That is another story.
So '03 and '04 are different then '99 to '02.
Never would have guessed that.
Except for maybe the connectors being different. That happens. My alternator in my '00 XJ is specific to '00 and '01. Maybe '99 too. I cant remember for sure.
But being longer? And it does look longer in the pictures. That seems weird.
Why the '03/'04 starter anyway?
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I use Napa online for stuff like this. You can look up a part and go to the words Buyer's Guide farther down the page to see what vehicles the part fits. Now how accurate it is?
That is another story.
So '03 and '04 are different then '99 to '02.
Never would have guessed that.
Except for maybe the connectors being different. That happens. My alternator in my '00 XJ is specific to '00 and '01. Maybe '99 too. I cant remember for sure.
But being longer? And it does look longer in the pictures. That seems weird.
Why the '03/'04 starter anyway?

Had the '04 starter from a Jeep I parted out so why buy one.



Made up a adapter with a ring terminal and spade terminal so to connect the solenoid wire. Motor of the '04 starter was about an inch longer than one that was on it.

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