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Old 01-30-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Turn the key, click then nothing

So I went to go warm the Jeep up for my drive to work this morning, and when I turn the key all I Hear is a single click, then nothing. Turn the key off, try again and the same thing, a single click then nothing.

I had the starter replaced last summer, I replaced the starter relay at the same time.

My battery seems to be fine. The lights are bright, speakers work, sub's are loud...

Anybody have any idea as to what might be causing the problem?

Any info/help is appreciated. I need to get the Jeep up and running, preferably without spending too much money.

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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Tap the starter with a wrench or hammer and try it again. If it cranks then its your starter.

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^^^ That was the same thing I was going to suggest since your battery appeared to be good.
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My 4runner used to do that when it was really cold overnight. Thought it was the starter, but it turned out that the conductor metals inside the ignition wires was condensing with the cold and not creating a full connection (or so I believe since everything else checked out). I could warm the wires up for a minute or two with a heat gun and it would fire right up.

Maybe try that if you're still having trouble??
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The battery may be fine, but how bout the connection? I'd clean the posts and the wires, tighten real good, and try again.
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Are you driving a YJ? Mine had that problem once and it turned out to be the solenoid. Here's a link to a picture of one. It's bolted to the firewall near the battery. If you have a volt meter I think you can test from the batter to the solenoid and then to the starter. A friend helped me test mine back in the day. They're cheap so you could just try to swap it out and see if that's it.

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Old 01-30-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply's guys. Yes, the Jeep is a YJ. I'm at work right now with my wife's car, so I'll try the hammer idea when I get home tonight.

If that doesn't work I'll try I'll try cleaning off the battery and then try to look for the ignition wires. Though I'm not sure where they are or how to get to them. I'll try googling and see what I can come up with.

If that doesn't work then I'll look into the solenoid. My dad suggested the solenoid, I just didn't know where it is or what it is exactly for that matter. But with the help of the pic (and you said it's on the firewall, right?) I think I'll be able to find it. And I might stop by Auto Zone and see if they can test the connection to the solenoid.

Thanks for the suggestions guys, hopefully one of these ideas work. I'll post back if something works, or if nothing does.
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I think the solenoid is under $20 and it's a real easy swap out. You might want to grab it on your way home and then return it if the hammer trick works.
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I just had this happen to me I cleaned the connection to the battery and ever since it starts right up. Though it sounds like your starter is dead. Mine clicked a few time while trying to turn over. If it only clicks once it may be your starter. But check connections first and clean everything and see of that helps
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I'd measure the voltage at the battery first. Just because the lights work, the stereo works, doesn't mean the battery is capable of delivering enough current for the starter to move cold oil and pistons.
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Alright so I got home from work last night, first thing I did before going inside was try to start the Jeep. It started right up first try no problems at all.

My dad said the starter was frozen. It was only 2 degrees yesterday morning when I tried it. I just didn't know if that could actually happen. Anyways, it started right up again this morning. I'm sitting at my desk at work looking at it through the window and couldn't be happier. It sucks not having my Jeep.

Thanks for all the help. Funny enough, I didn't do anything. I guess it's good to know that I may have trouble starting my Jeep in 2 degree weather.
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When in doubt, smash stuff with the hammer.

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