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Old 05-25-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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99 Wrangler starting problem

Hi all -- My 99 Jeep Wrangler won't start. Turn the key - no sound. Started it once first thing in the morning, went to the store (5-min drive, 15 mins in the store), came out and ... nothing. Full battery charge, can pop the clutch to start, but nothing when I turn the key except the usual lights, radio, blower, etc. From what I've been reading it sounds like a solenoid/starter issue. I'm willing to replace myself, but when I look at the replacement starter, it has two mounting bolt spots. From what I can see on my 99 TJ Wrangler, there's only one mounting bolt, which seems really odd. Any possible answers about that? Thanks! Any help appreciated!

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Old 05-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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Your starter should have 2 bolts to hold it in place. One on top and one below. Its a REALLY easy job to replace. Just make sure you disconnect the battery first.
Unless you have a 4 banger, in that case I do not know how many bolts are on your starter.

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Yes, it's a 4-banger, 2.5 L ...
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Id go get the replacement and look at it, it will tell you from looking at it how many bolts you need and where they go. But it is a really easy job, seriously.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:20 PM   #5
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I've done that, which is why I'm confused.

On my Jeep now, I see two vertical torx bolts, which look like they hold the solenoid on, and just one horizontal bolt, accessible from behind the starter, and nothing else. I wasn't able to budge it, and have some lubricant on it right now to try to help loosen, but if it doesn't drop when I get this bolt out, I have no idea where the other one would be. Old starter does not look the same as the new starter as far as mounting bolt positions go.
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Too bad I dont still have my 2.5L, I'd go out and take a look at the starter for you. It may be possible that they gave you the wrong one if the bolt plates do not match the one you already have.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:46 AM   #7
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How did that starter end up working out for you?

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