Question about 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
will not turn over, clicking sound. Battery or cable problem?
Hey there rebelqi,
Could be either, could also be an alternator problem. Most likely the battery though.
The clicking sound is the starter solenoid engaging the starter. As the starter draws power, there isn't enough left to keep the solenoid active and it turns off. Since the starter isn't drawing power anymore, the solenoid re-engages and the cycle starts over. A series of rapid clicks.
Eliminate the cables as a possibility by making sure they're clean, tight and making good contact.
Check the belt on the alternator for tightness fraying or failure
Get a jump. If it starts, the battery was low.
Now keep it from happening again.
Check the the battery voltage either on the dash or with a meter. It should read above 13v with the engine running.
Drive to an auto parts or battery store and ask them to perform a 'Load Test' on the battery. This will check if your battery contains enough cranking power to perform under normal work loads. And if it is going bad, at least you won't be stranded when you shut your engine down.
Let me know how it goes.
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Posted on Oct 05, 2008
check the battery under load at a local parts store. Sounds like a dead cell. Also check the cable connections to the battery for corrosion. The starter could be bad but That would be a last check unless it has been dragging. If the battery and connections are ok the starter solenoid would be the culprit. Sometimes you can free them with a light tap with a wrench or LIGHT tacking hammer. It will still need to be replaced, though. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
SOURCE: No power to start vehicle
check the fuse box in side engine compartment near battery one of the fusesmight of blown i had troubles with my jeep kinda like that it was just a fuse n the jeep ran again
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
Sounds like a bad ground. If the battery voltage does not drop when the starter is engaged, the starter is not getting the juice. Check the ground connection again. 90%
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
Rapid clicking is indicative of the starter not getting enough current to turn over. If the battery was dead because of a a bad charging system , the engine would not start at all. Charging a low battery while driving is stressful to the charging system. My guess is that the connection at the battery posts is poor , most likely due to oxidization. Remove each battery cable from the battery posts , clean the posts , and the inside of the battery cable so that there is are clean shiney surface to make a good contact. If you have or can borrow a battery charger , charge the battery up before starting the engine. Your problems should go away. If the problem repeats itself a couple of days later , then I would suspect that either the charging system is not working well , OR something is draining the battery while the car is parked. ( interior light or light inside the trunk are the common culprits.
Posted on Jan 27, 2011
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