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Old 10-24-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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One click starter

My yj wont start and when I try to bridge the two terminals on the starter with a screwdriver, it clicks once and then seems to blow a fuse. only no fuses are being blown. If I pull out anyone of the fuses and put it back, then I can bridge the gap again and it will only get one click out of it before going dead again. Any ideas? The battery is charged, new alternator, ecm, ignition switch.


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Old 10-24-2011, 05:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like you may have a dead short in the starter. The starter relay may be tripping when a heavy load is on it.

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Old 10-24-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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check your battery terminals also...make sure everything has a good connection...wires and posts
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:11 PM   #4
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I had the same problem. One click and even the clock stopped for a minute or so. Took a while to realize it was the starter itself. New starter and cranked right up. No problem since.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:46 PM   #5
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Kind of strange bc it is a brand new starter. I took the starter out and jumped it directly with umper cables. It wouldn't do anything when I ooked the po cable to the terminal that goes to the battery. when i touched the pos cable to the terminal that goes to the starter (with the black cable running between) it wirrred
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:43 PM   #6
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It could be a bad solenoid but since it's new, probably rebuilt, get another one. Sometimes they're defective out of the box.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:57 PM   #7
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So i replaced the starter again and tried to cross the two terminals to get it to start. It worked this time. The engine cranked over pretty well but didn't start. The voltage meter in the jeep said it was getting about 12 or a bit less. Does the battery have to have 14 volts to start? I did all this with jumper cables hooked from my xj to the battery in the yj. thanks
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #8
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If your just jumping the starter and key is not on it wont start. No power to fuel pump injectors or ignition.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:58 PM   #9
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I turned the key to the on position while jumping it. I sprayed starter fluid in the intake and it would run on the fluid but then cut out. I am wondering if it does that because it hasn't been run in six months or bceause there is a fuel deliver problem
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:08 PM   #10
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If its a 4.2 then the carb needs to be primed. Pour alittle gas down the carb, start it and keep trickling gas in to keep it running.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:14 PM   #11
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no its the 4.0 fi
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:54 AM   #12
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Check the firewall harness that runs to the fuse box. Mine was loose. Undo the screw and clean it all up. After that bust out the electrical greese.

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