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Old 09-16-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Starter question help asap!!

I get into my jeep today turn the key and i hear click click click click click. Sounds like starter wont turn the jeep over. So my question is, is it easy to change the starter on an 05 wrangler? By easy i mean disconnect the battery, label and disconnect some wires, unbolt the old starter, bolt on the new starter and land wires. Any direction will help me. Thanks guys

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Did you check all connections and battery terminals already? Dont want to make more work for yourself...

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Old 09-16-2009, 01:37 PM   #3
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yeah make sure your batt. connections are tight and not all corroded. To hear the click click click click click doesn't mean your starter is bad, its probably your battery, voltage is either too low or the connection to it is weak. ide check that first
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Not yet, I just walked home and Im getting my gf's truck. I was gonna check the battery connections and voltage first and if its not I guess I have to change the starter.

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Thanks mudslinger, i hope my alternator isnt going out
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if your voltage is below 10.5 volts while your key is being turned over (in the start position) your battery would be no good. Its possible for the battery to sit there with 11 or more Volts (which is OK voltage) and to drop below 10.5 while trying to crank (not ok) bad cells etc... are the cause of that. So hook up your meter to the batt and try to turn the jeep over and have someone look at the meter to see what its dropping to for voltage. You might have a feature on you meter that will capture and freeze your lowest reading so you'll be able to check yourself.
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Visually checking your battery connections isn't good enough, they can look fine and still be the cause of your problem which is usually nothing more than a bad battery connection You really need to physically remove both connections and use a wire brush on the posts and connector interiors, then securely reinstall and tighten them down.

If you can't get the connector tight afterwards, it's because it is worn inside. You can fix that by removing the bolt and using a Dremel cutting wheel to cut away lead on both sides of the gap so it can close tighter against the battery post.

If after doing this you still have a clicking starter, odds are the battery is dead or bad so take it to a battery shop and get it load tested which will indicate its health. Rarely is your problem caused by a bad starter.
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sometimes its not the connection at the battery, but the cable itself can go bad inside...ask me how I know.

Best thing is jump it off, if it starts, its not the starter.
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Thanks a bunch guys. I jumped the jeep with my gfs truck. It started it right up. I drove it home and cleaned the terminals with a wire brush. I held my tester on the battery and turned it over, the voltage droped to 11 volts. Im gonna let it sit overnight and see how the battery holds.
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Thanks a bunch guys. I jumped the jeep with my gfs truck. It started it right up. I drove it home and cleaned the terminals with a wire brush. I held my tester on the battery and turned it over, the voltage droped to 11 volts. Im gonna let it sit overnight and see how the battery holds.
Is it manual or auto?

If Manual, don't worry too much if you can get it rolling much at all, it can easily be push started...(if worst comes to worse)

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If the battery goes completely dead, a TJ can't be push or roll started. The type of alternator the TJ uses needs 12 volts from the battery to work so if the battery is completely dead, the alternator won't put out the power needed to run the ignition system. If the battery is not completely dead but just dead enough so the starter won't turn, it can be push or roll started.

Only some newer type one-wire alternator equipped vehicles can be push or rollstarted and of course any old generator equipped vehicle.

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