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Old 09-11-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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need help ASAP 98 TJ won't start - starter just clicks, ok here goes - I try and start the TJ today no luck - put the key in and go to turn it over nada just rapid clicking - I t figure the starter is goofed up - I replace it - same thing - starter relay swapped - same thing...

any guru's figure this one out?

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Old 09-11-2009, 08:42 PM   #2
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Did you check your battery and cables. Check for any corrosion, no matter how little there is, clean it and your battery terminals. Seems to be a common problem with the TJ.

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Old 09-11-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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Double check your ground cable.... Clean both terminals and ensure they are tight.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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just cleaned them will tighten and recheck - will advise.
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:39 PM   #5
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wife's did that a couple of weeks ago and turned out to be the battery. replaced and good to go.
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Old 09-11-2009, 10:49 PM   #6
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The clicking should be a loose ground or other connection at the battery. Maybe time to replace a battery cable if it's old.
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If connections are clean check how many volts are in the battery...I'm guessing it is toast!

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Old 09-11-2009, 11:12 PM   #8
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I am going to put it on the trickle charger and check in the am... thank you one and all... cleaned the battery terminals and connections - ground looks good and I cleaned the connections on the starter.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:54 AM   #9
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added note: when this happened to my 06, it killed the battery. After cleaning the connectors and putting a charge on it, it cranked right up the first time but that was it. I had to replace the battery and everything has been fine since. Don't trust the readings you may be getting on your old battery.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:49 AM   #10
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I've got a spare odyssey redtop sitting in the garage, we'll see how the diehard does
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:56 AM   #11
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battery would be my guess as well, mine clicked very fast but not start... new battery problem solved.
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:02 PM   #12
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battery would be my guess as well, mine clicked very fast but not start... new battery problem solved.
cool thanks!
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+100 to the battery. Does your voltage drop when the jeep starts to click?
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:09 PM   #14
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+100 to the battery. Does your voltage drop when the jeep starts to click?
I actually never looked - I was actually freaked out thinking there was something majorly wrong with the starter.
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After cleaning and tightening the battery posts, once they are connected securely, here's a quick way to know if the problem is really the battery...

Turn the headlights on and then watch the headlights while some else tries to start the engine. If the headlights go out while the key is turned to the Start position, the battery is toast. If the headlights stay on bright but the starter clicks, either the starter is toast or it has a bad connection.
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Mine did that before it was the inside of the clamp on the battery it was wore out from tightening it down and wouldnt tighten any more but was still too loose
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Mine did that before it was the inside of the clamp on the battery it was wore out from tightening it down and wouldnt tighten any more but was still too loose
Here's an easy way to fix that... remove the battery connector's bolt and use a dremmel cutting wheel or other cutter capable of cutting lead to cut out material in both sides of the connector's gap that the bolt pulls together. With that gap enlarged slightly, the bolt can again pull the connector close enough together to be good and tight again.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:25 PM   #18
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yep, it was the battery... swapped out the old DieHard for the Optima red top and whoooooooooohoooooooooo she's alive
thanks to everyone for the quick help

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