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Old 02-01-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Starter not engaging please read!

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.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Sounds like a faulty solenoid.You can tap the solenoid with a hammer sometimes to stop it from sticking. Cold weather causes them stick sometimes.

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #3
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Thought my first reply posted.

To answer ur Q, yes. I had the same problem recently.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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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?
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:17 PM   #5
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also My battery guage reads about 9...
While the starter is being engaged? Or otherwise?
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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A weak battery will give you clicking sound and not start the engine. Your battery seems low at 9. Should be about 14 or even a little above that like 14.2
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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its above nine, but below 14. it doesnt click, just makes an electrical turning sound.
so i feel like the battery power is getting to the starter. It is the original battery in on 06
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #8
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Your battery is 7 years old! Time for a new one. It should sit at 12v, and go up to 14.4v when running.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:30 PM   #9
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ha ha it was running like a champ, All my gauges go on, the lights work, the radio works.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #10
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Take it to the parts store and have it checked. Sounds like it does not have enough CCA.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #11
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If the batt checks out then you probably have a starter issue.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:41 PM   #12
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id say its sitting about 10 to 11 volts and when i try to start it, it just drops, so im gunna guess thats what it is?
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:45 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:48 PM   #14
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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?
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You also can remove ur starter and have it tested
I am trying to avoid crawling under neath the car on snow and ice in this weather ha ha, so cross my fingers its not that
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A weak battery will give you clicking sound and not start the engine. Your battery seems low at 9. Should be about 14 or even a little above that like 14.2
Nine volts "seems" low? Nine volts isn't "low;" it's "deader than a doornail."
And 14 volts for battery voltage is impossible.
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there is no clicking at all, so is that a battery thing, or starter,
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
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Prob battery. Clicking is almost always a starter issue. And yes usually u can crawl under it and hit selenoid with hammer to jar it loose.

Bottom line here = get new battery
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So what is this electric spinning sound i hear?
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Nine volts "seems" low? Nine volts isn't "low;" it's "deader than a doornail."
And 14 volts for battery voltage is impossible.
9 volts on the gauge is very weak when engine is off. While engine is running the gauge should read around 14.
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While engine is running the gauge should read around 14.
I think you lost sight of the problem: the engine won't start.

If the engine won't start, 14 volts on the gauge is not within the realm of possibility.

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