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Old 02-21-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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rapid clicking when starting

when i try to start my jeep i get a rapid click sound from the starter im guessing. ive had my battery tested and its good, ive replaced my terminal clamps and checked the water level in my battery. ive also had my starter and alternator tested and all came back ok.

any suggestions as to why it wont start?

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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the starter?

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:27 PM   #3
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i have the same problem my starter is going out and does it sometime but still test ok
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:35 PM   #4
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99 times out of 100, the starter is not the cause of that problem. More likely the battery has a bad, loose, or corroded connection at one or both of its posts. Or the battery is simply too weak to fully engage the starter. Start by wire brushing both battery connectors and getting them tight when you reinstall them back onto the battery.

If that doesn't do it, charge the battery overnight with a bench charger. And if that doesnt fix it, have the battery load tested at your local auto parts store as the battery may be nearly dead and in need of replacement.
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i read wrong i thought it was making noise after started, jerrys right
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:34 PM   #6
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i already cleaned my terminals twice each with terminal cleaner and a wire brush tool and that didnt change anything. im thinking the connectors might not have a tight connection. ill post pics up as soon as i can and maybe yall can tell if its tight enough.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:52 PM   #7
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:54 PM   #8
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my positive connector is the new one and thats how it looked after i cleaned and brushed it twice. should it look like that after 3 weeks of use?
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:07 PM   #9
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Have you hooked up a multimeter to test the battery? Probably needs a new one...
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:45 AM   #10
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got a new battery from the mechanic at my work and it seems to have fixed the problem. thanks for all your help everyone!

anyone know how ac delco batteries rate against others? like the diehard platinum everyone loves or anythign else?
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:23 PM   #11
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I had the exact same issue and a new battery also fixed the problem! I had it tested a few months ago and it read fine so was surprised this was the solution. Turned out I had a bad cell in the battery. Just FYI for anyone else experiencing something similar.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:07 PM   #12
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I had the same issue and it was a bad ground. I cleaned up the one to the block and the one to the firewall and it was good to go.
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i had this problem and would like to add...

just wanted to add that I had this problem recently. turned the key but instead of starting just got the clicking/smacking sound. all my lights and electronics were receiving faint power. hooked the battery up to my charger for a few hours, then tried again and the same thing happened. even had my dad come over and try to jump me and it clicked away but would not start. so I came upon this thread and determined it is probably the starter at this point in the story.

so if you think your issue is the starter, my two cents is that one may or may not save a ton of money by finding a 2 minute video online that shows you how to DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY FIRST and replace the starter relatively quickly and easily (only 2 bolts (15mm???) and 2 wires on my TJ not sure about other jeeps...) instead of having it towed and serviced and all. Local auto parts store should carry the starter. I also had to replace my battery after the ordeal... but I heard that can happen when a starter quits...

hope this helps someone.

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