I went out this morning to start it and I could hear the starter turning but not engaging the flywheel. I started my girlfriends car cause I was going to take her to work in that instead but after like 5-10 minutes tried the Jeep again and it started. So I took her to work came back went and got her for lunch we went back to the house when we went to leave the Jeep wouldnt start acted like the battery was dead just clicked. Took her back in her car came back prepared to jump start the Jeep tried it and it started right up. The battery is probably smaller than it should be its just one had around also the battery was corroded. I guess Im asking could a battery without much charge or a bad connection cause the starter not to want to engage or should I be preparing for the starter to go out.
Ive got another question on the starter, when i turn the key to start, it makes an electrical sound, kind of similar to the sound of a winch, there is no clicking like many starter issues. Also its about 10 degrees and was negative 10 yesterday, but i drove it the day before that. also My battery guage reads about 9, its on the line on the left. any ideas?
I know it's already been said, BUT get a new battery. Most say 4 years is about all you will get from a normal style battery (not gel style). Also the weather is very cold as u stated and that puts more stress on starting. I would buy a new proper size battery and start there. You also can remove ur starter and have it tested at an auto parts store.
Tip - when shutting down ur jeep, turn off any accessories (I.e. a/c/heater, radio). That way when u start up, there will b less stress on ur system.
Im assuming it is the battery, considering all the evidence points towards it. If i jump it, and it starts, ill know its my battery and not a starter issue, correct? but i i try and jump it, and it doesnt start, its a starter thing?