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2004 Jeep Liberty won't turn start

2004 Jeep Liberty won't turn over...not battery or starter related...believe it is the ignition but don't know how to check it. Posted by Guest on 2/11/2012 Details The key has been stuck in the ignition for several years. I was told by dealership that problem was connected to gear shifter and could be repaired/replaced for about $300.00! Now the key comes out but it won't start!

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I know you said that the battery is good...however, did you put a volt meter on it and verify that it has 12volts there? I always begin any electrical testing by both verifying voltage and load testing the battery (200amp load for 15seconds...voltage should return to 12 immediately after load is removed and should not drop lower than 9.5 during test)
I'm sure you removed and cleaned the terminals and posts...correct? Even though it's newer than what you worked on, safety switch if bad, generally will work in neutral as well as park. Most times you can change shift positions and start it. Do simple "flow test" check voltage in and out of ignition switch, safety switch, starter relay and at starter itself (12v at the main terminal, 12v at the trigger wire with key turned to start position.) Also check all main fuses in the power distribution center near the battery. Most times, you will not need to do all these tests before you find the problem.

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First, make sure you can turn the engine by hand. If you can't then the starter can't turn it either. Have someone else turn the key and look for the source of the click...may be a relay. Go over the starting circuit with a volt meter. Check for power at the starter main terminal and then with the key turned to "start" check for power at the trigger terminal on the starter. Check battery voltage and check relay operation.
You have a neutral safety switch on the transmission if its an automatic and a clutch switch if it's a stick. Check them as well. Make sure battery grounding on fender and block are also clean and secure.

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SOURCE: 2004 jeep liberty replacing the starter

2004 Jeep Liberty 4WD 3.7L MFI SOHC 6cyl
Starteer - Removal & Installation

2.4L & 3.7L Engines

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Remove the starter mounting bolts.
  4. On the 3.7L engine, the left side exhaust pipe and front driveshaft must be disconnected.
  5. Disconnect the starter solenoid harness connections.
  6. Remove the starter.
To install:


Fig. Starter mounting: 2.4L engine


Fig. The starter position for the 3.7L engine
  1. Connect the starter solenoid wiring connectors.
  2. Install the starter and torque the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  3. On the 3.7L, the left side exhaust pipe and front driveshaft.
  4. Install the negative battery cable and check for proper operation.

2.8L Engine
  1. Disconnect and isolate negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and support vehicle.
  3. Disconnect solenoid wire connector from solenoid terminal
  4. Remove battery cable from stud on starter solenoid.
  5. Remove 3 starter mounting bolts.
  6. Remove starter from transmission bellhousing.
To install:
  1. Position starter motor to transmission housing.
  2. Connect battery cable solenoid terminal wire harness connector to connector receptacle on starter solenoid. Always support starter motor during this process. Do not let starter motor hang from wire harness.
  3. Install battery cable eyelet terminal onto solenoid B(+) terminal stud.
  4. Install nut securing battery cable eyelet terminal to starter solenoid B(+) terminal stud.
  5. Refer to torque specifications.
  6. Position starter motor and install 3 bolts. Tighten 3 bolts in this sequence: top bolt, bottom bolt, middle bolt. Refer to torque specifications.
  7. Lower vehicle.
  8. Connect negative battery cable.

Also can review the Service Repair Manual for Jeep KJ Liberty

I really hope help you with this (remember rated this help) Good luck.

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alarm systems on these vehicles will normally have a start then stall condition. then a lockout. if it doesnt start at all I would first suspect fuel problem. if when u turn your key on listen to fuel filler neck to see if u can hear pump run for 2-3 sec. if u can hear it run you may have a crank sensor or cam sensor failure. those 2 control spark and your engine will not fire unless both inputs are supplied.

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SOURCE: Jeep liberty 2002.....ignition key lock

the ignition key switch is one whole peace it just plugs into the colum its not very exspensive i just replaced mine not long ago.just take the plastic cover off behind the steering wheel . the ignition only has a few screws !

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Hi my 2006 Jeep Liberty won't start or turn over all keep hearing is this click sound when I turn the ignition , Plus I just replaced the battery .

Probably a starter. It sounds like the starter solenoid is working, but the starter motor is not energizing.

You could try this simple trick, but Im about 85% sure you have a bad starter.

Have a buddy help you push the vehicle in neutral for a short distance. When you get it moving at a walking pace, put the transmission in Drive, and let the vehicle come to a stop. You may hear a little clicking, but thats OK, it wont hurt anything. Put the transmission back in Park and try to start the engine again. Sometimes the starter gear gets stuck on the flywheel and it wont engage when you try to start the engine. This trick may move the flywheel a little so the starter can engage.

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A dead battery.

A loose connection on Battery or start relay/solenoid.

Bad connection at starter or bad starter.

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