87 yj stopped cranking starter clicks. - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > YJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today

Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 02-28-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 3
rayres88 is on a distinguished road
87 yj stopped cranking starter clicks.

this is my first jeep and I bought it last night. This morning I wake up and I drive it around the block and check vacuum lines when I got back. a new remanufactured carter carburetor was installed and still needs to be tuned. anyway on the way home it started bogging out on me and I found the choke was not set correctly opening all the way. so I had taken the air cleaner off took a piece of wire and wired it open so I can get it home and it ran fine. after cranking it 5 times and running around the block this morning I decided to check the vacuum lines and set the timing to make sure everything is correct. based off of an instruction online I had taken the vacuum line of the distributor and disconnected the 3 prong wire on the fire wall. I then set the timing to 8 and turned off the motor. I reconnected the vacuum to the distributor and the 3 prong wire on firewall . I did notice that the timing set at 8 degrees was definitely seem to be more advanced looking at the distributer than it was before. I go to crank the motor after reconnecting the vacuum and 3 prong wires on the firewall and all I got was a starter click would not crank whatsoever. it did not seem the motor turned at all but it almost seem like I could have seized the crank I just do not know if that is possible . I did try jumping the jeep battery from my other vehicle and it did not work . on the battery inside it says I am getting 8 volts but when jumped from my corvette it seem like it would gradually rise while it was jumped in the corvette was running. I try putting a socket on the crank bolt and could not turn the motor although that could of been compression holding it back. I did hit the starter on a little bit to see if that was warmed up and seized but I only still got 1 click from the starter went running the key. I did not check the battery terminals which I will do when I get home. Any ideas? Is it posiible to have messed up the timing enough to have seized the motor somehow even if it didn't turn over?
rayres88 is offline   Quote
Old 02-28-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
kik's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 8,281
kik is on a distinguished road
It sounds like you only have a bad battery. Double check the connections first. If it's still the same I would say it's the battery. Any battery under 11 volts isn't going to crank that's why your starter is clicking. You don't have enough juice. If the battery is real bad, dead cells etc., you can't jump start. Get a new battery.

kik is online now   Quote
Old 02-28-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
Charley24's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 704
Charley24 is on a distinguished road
KIK is right. It's more likely you don't have good connection to the starter from the battery or the solenoid on the starter is toast. You shouldn't be able to turn the motor over by hand because of compression. Changing the timing too far one way or the other will only make the engine not start or diesel. No way changing the timing will seize the engine. Check your battery, battery connections and solenoid.
Charley24 is offline   Quote
Old 02-28-2012, 04:49 PM   #4
mschillingii's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Festus, mo
Posts: 171
mschillingii is on a distinguished road
I know when its cold mine freezes, normally smack it while wife starts it. Then starts fine after that. 1 or 2 light taps most likely free it up
93 ZJ 7in long arm 36s trail beast
90 YJ 2in lift 33s h/t & h/d 4.2 auto - hers
89 YJ Sahara stock h/t & h/d 4.2 auto - mine
mschillingii is offline   Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Largest tire for stock yj New2wrangler97 Tires & Wheels 5 03-01-2012 09:42 PM
1994 YJ Headlight issues. DraginByU YJ Tech Forum 9 02-29-2012 07:45 PM
My first YJ middyj YJ Tech Forum 12 02-29-2012 03:56 PM
87 yj stopped cranking starter clicks. rayres88 YJ Tech Forum 2 02-28-2012 09:02 PM

Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:54 AM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC
« Back

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner