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Hankappstate 04-29-2013 11:52 AM

1990 YJ Wont start
 
I have a 1990 YJ. The battery is good, but when I turn the key all that happens is a click. I think it is the solenoid that is clicking. I have had the jeep for about 3 months. It has always started slow, like the started was working very hard, but it always stared until 4 days ago.. Any ideas.

Wranglin4Life 04-29-2013 01:15 PM

Check the alternator. Sounds like it could be bad

Hankappstate 04-29-2013 01:38 PM

Its not a power issue, I think its a starter/solenoid issue

JDsDream 04-29-2013 01:42 PM

Are you sure that the battery is good? Have you had it load tested? Before throwing money at it, switch out the battery from another vehicle and see if it starts. Your battery may have enough power to run your lights, guages, stereo, etc, but not enough to start. Disconnect the cables and clean the posts and connectors with a wire brush to remove any and all corrosion. When replacing the cables make sure that they are tight enough that you can not twist them by hand. If this is not the case then on to step 2 but always try cheapest first when troubleshooting problems.

sevenservices 04-29-2013 02:12 PM

also verify your connections are good at both ends of the battery cables. I had it act just like that once, have someone try it with you looking under the hood in the dark. If you see a spark at the battery, theres your bad connection. I saw it spark down by the starter. Checked that end and the cable was only finger tight onto the starter.

Hankappstate 04-29-2013 03:03 PM

I had the battery tested at a parts store. I have tighten the terminal and done the battery maintenance. I will try a different battery.

Wranglin4Life 04-29-2013 03:54 PM

Silly question but did you try hitting the starter lightly with a hammer or socket wrench a few times? My dad did this on my sisters jeep when the starter was going bad. Worked for a few months then he had to change it out.

Hankappstate 04-29-2013 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wranglin4Life (Post 3697036)
Silly question but did you try hitting the starter lightly with a hammer or socket wrench a few times? My dad did this on my sisters jeep when the starter was going bad. Worked for a few months then he had to change it out.

I did. I pulled a part off the firewall that I thought was the solenoid but turns out it may be an ignition relay. Trying to have the part cross referenced.


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