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Old 11-14-2013, 06:50 AM   #1
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Hey folks. New to the forum but have a 93 wrangler 4.0 man trans which I purchased new in 92. Have had starting problems lately where I hear one low click when I turn the key and notheing else happens. Have lights on dash. Starter is good. All battery cables and connections seem fine. When I try to start it with lights on they do not dim. Occassionally it will start but maybe one out of 50 tries and usually after putting charger on battery. Even with charger on it, most times will not crank. I just replaced starter as the solenoid on the old one, only 2 months old, fried. I think its all related but am stumped. Almost seems like there is a slight drain on electrical system too. . .thats why I put charge on before I attempt to start it up. . .usually reading around 12 v. Ive kept this thing running all of these years with my own two hands and am completely frustrated with this situation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-14-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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Check your battery cables from the terminal all the way to the starter. Also there is a wire from the fuse box, under the hood, to the battery. I had a terminal that was loose and corroded. Sounds like you are not getting enough amperage to the starter. Also check and clean your ground wires. Keep us posted.

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Old 11-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #3
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I agree with C Mike, even though the cables look good.... remove them and clean them. Also check the grounding straps. Sounds like your solenoid is getting juice but not enough to the starter.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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I agree with C Mike, even though the cables look good.... remove them and clean them. Also check the grounding straps. Sounds like your solenoid is getting juice but not enough to the starter.
or the solenoid's contacts are bad
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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starting issues

Thanks for all the suggestions. Tried them all to no avail. Has anyone had any experience with ignition switch? Im thinking it may be a possibility but really hate to have to go inside that 20 yr old steering column. I know that could be ugly! Also, there is one other possibility. If I am looking under hood from passenger fender, there is a single wire that goes into a plastic bottlecap looking connector that plugs into the block right above the oil filter and left of and below the distributor cap. It is hanging loos there. Ive looked through all my manuals and cant figure out what is is for. Thanks again in advance.
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If it is the switch... the key just moves a rod, the electrical switch is accessible low and on the right side of the column.

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