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Jeep starting problem

I have a T-Reg (1999) UK model, (right-hand drive) Cherokee Sport, with a 2.5L engine, manual transmission in which the starter motor doesn't completely disengage after the engine starts. Have replaced the starter and repaired loose contacts in starter switch. Could I still have either/or starter motor or switch, or do I have a electrical problem?

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  • mikem655 Nov 03, 2008

    Thanks for your comment and for answering so promptly. I had the same 'grinding' problem before installing a known good starter from another Jeep. There were no shims installed on the old starter either, which started great before the problem occurred. If the starter is binding now, wouldn't it have done so long before? Could the problem be elsewhere?

  • mikem655 Nov 05, 2008

    Thanks guys for all your helpful insights and suggestions. The 'shim' thread was mentioned twice, so there must be some truth to it. Will check it out and let you know the outcome. I agree with 'Guest', the starter is similar to GM types and I first figured a defecive solenoid as the culprit, but the replacement starter still grinds as well. Maybe TWO defective solenoids! Maybe a third starter will be the charm, including a shim. Thanks again/

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I don't think that the problem is elsewhere. The only other problem could be a sticking starter solonoid.
If I remember correctly the starter is a GM design and from my experience they all had a shim between the bolt holes and the engine block.

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

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When you replaced the starter did any shims fall out?
I beleive there should be a shim there.
The starter is too close to the flywheel and is binding.

Posted on Nov 03, 2008

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