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Old 02-15-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Slow turning starter or nature of the Jeep?

2001 4.0 auto cranks slow. Seemed as though was the bettery. Dropped in new Interstate and there is no difference. Jeep is over 160k miles. Is the starter wore out? I had a 1997 4.0 a few years ago and i seem to remember similar starting. Co-worker has a 2.5 and it turns over much quicker.

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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Nobody has this problem???

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #3
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Probably the starter man.. its a quick fix if you have a bit of lift.. mine crapped out on me when I was in an Autozone parking lot getting it tested lol
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
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Have you had your jeep long? Mine is recently purchased. I drove at least 12 jeeps during my search, and they all sounded the same when starting up. To me it sounds like I'm starting an old tractor, but my perspective is skewed since this the first non-Honda I've owned in 15 years.

Edit: I did not test any 2.5's though.
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Mine cranks slow also, but it always starts, so to me its not a problem.
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Probably the starter man.. its a quick fix if you have a bit of lift.. mine crapped out on me when I was in an Autozone parking lot getting it tested lol
X2 I had to do mine in advance autos parking lot. My starter was doing the slow turning for about two months.. Well I went to advance and got a new starter, then I jump in my jeep and my starter began to smoke. It was done. Lol.. So there I was at the front door of the store putting my starter in lol.... I always kinda laugh at the people who are working on the cars for hrs at the store. But I was up in running in about 15 mins.. Thanks to my 6 inch suspension lift...
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
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Have you had your jeep long? Mine is recently purchased. I drove at least 12 jeeps during my search, and they all sounded the same when starting up. To me it sounds like I'm starting an old tractor, but my perspective is skewed since this the first non-Honda I've owned in 15 years.

Edit: I did not test any 2.5's though.
I put a new motor in and put in an older starter as mine was going bad.. the one I put in was out of an 87 and lasted me a few more months.. if you're just saying it takes a few cranks to start thats normal.. but if the starter sounds slow then its not normal
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #8
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Does not have to crank a long time, just turns over slow. Old battery did it, new battery does it. Seems like most jeeps i hear start up do it. Seems to be getting slower the past few months, warm or cold.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:09 PM   #9
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Mine does the same thing, i have noticed that if you dont put alot of pressure on the clutch it turns over slower then when you press harder. (5 spd.)
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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Not knowing how Jeeps are supposed to start I never suspected mine had any problems until it crapped out a few weeks ago. All I can say is it's a night and day difference with the new starter and it sounds like that's your issue to me.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:47 PM   #11
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unless it's a distinct difference that you noticed all-of-a-sudden, I'd guess it's normal. My 93 XJ 5spd starter sounded exactly like my 02 TJ 5spd- like a cranky old man trying to get out of a chair. But they both start(ed) every time.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:34 AM   #12
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so I have a 97 4.0 as well and it's just now started to take a bit longer to fire up...if it's not the starter what other possible culprits could it be? just put in a new battery and it only hesitates if its been sitting over 8ish hrs.
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been so long it sounds normal to me---I don't think it cranks long.....very similar to my JK....actually JK is the one that "feels weird" .......in comparison to the TJ it seems that it is "electronic" I don't feel the connection/ and there is a slight hesitation when I hit the key in the JK.
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Definitely the starter. I'd go get a new starter and before installing the new one, clean all of the terminals--battery pos/neg, starter, alternator. Throw a little dielectric grease on them and it should start the shit out of that Jeep.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:23 AM   #15
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Think I will order one today. Let you know if that takes care of it. Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #16
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Fixed. Nothing a call to NAPA couldnt fix. New starter and 15 min of work. Cranks faster than ever now.
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Fixed. Nothing a call to NAPA couldnt fix. New starter and 15 min of work. Cranks faster than ever now.
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When you replaced the battery did you clean the battery cable contacts? A corroded battery cable can make a healthy battery appear bad. I would also check the starter cable contacts as well.
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My starter cranks slowly, and I suspect my radio deck is vamping the battery even when the key is out of the ignition. It only turns once or twice before it catches though... but only when it's warm. I have to "prime" the injection by turning the key on and off (just before the start setting) and get that low whirrr noise when it's cold, or else it will beat the battery to death before it cranks.

It's a 2.5 L, '97.
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When you replaced the battery did you clean the battery cable contacts? A corroded battery cable can make a healthy battery appear bad. I would also check the starter cable contacts as well.
Did you read where he said the problem turned out to be the starter and he replaced it and it starts fine now?
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Cables were fine. Already had dielectric grease on the terminals from a few months ago when I installed the new battery. Starter wire terminals looked surprisingly good for 160k miles.
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Did you read where he said the problem turned out to be the starter and he replaced it and it starts fine now?
Apparently not, otherwise I would be silly.
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Apparently not, otherwise I would be silly.
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