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Old 04-01-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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Cranking Issues

Ok here's the deal. Last October, my jeep wouldn't crank it just kept clicking when i would turn the key, a constant click and that was it. I was told it was the battery. I went and purchased a new one and it's been cranking fine every since. Well, yesterday i went to take off (it's been sitting for 10 days) and it's doing the same thing. It will not crank just a constant clicking sound. I can jump it off with no problem but other than that it won't crank. SO, i jumped it off drove for about twenty minutes. parked it turned it off, came back out, cranked right up. came home. then a couple hours later went to go again and same thing, wouldn't crank just clicking. had to jump it off. I have a hard time believing its the battery seeing its six months old. Any ideas? I'd like to have an idea before i take it to the shop so they don't bend me over replacing crap that's perfectly fine.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:39 AM   #2
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Even brand new batteries can be bad from the start. Have the battery load tested at a local parts store.
They can tell you if it's good or not.

Also, could be something putting a constant drain on the battery while the Jeep is shut off, which shouldn't be.

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Old 04-01-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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The first thing I would do is verify the battery connections, and I would start that process with a wire battery brush. Clean them thoroughly and then verify that neither of the connectors have worn enough that one can move around once its bolt has been tightened. Both my TJ's and my son's JGC connectors have worn to the point that they were loose on the battery posts. I fixed the connectors by removing the bolt and used a Dremmel tool to remove material inside the connector's gap that gets squeezed together by the bolt. That allows the connector to be connected more tightly around the battery post. Remove the connector and you'll easily see what I am talking about and how removing lead from the gap will make it close tighter around the battery post.
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