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1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport wont start

My son's 1998 Jepp Cherokee Sport recently started having a problem. It wont start. The dash lights up so there seems to be power but no clicking or any engine response at all. We tried putting it in Neutral and starting it that way still nothing and I mean nothing. No click like you usually get when the starter is bad. He checked the connections to the starter they all look clean and new. Any suggestions?

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  • greenbrighte Dec 08, 2008


    Thank you for the advise...tried that. it works...accompanied by a high pitched whine. Was thinking could possibly be the solonoid attached to the starter? Any other suggestions are appreciated.


  • rkcobra Feb 25, 2009

    i have same problem took starter out got it checked its fine it has the sylonoid on it.there is power to the starter ,but when i but my voltage meter to it and torn the key side of starter to neg of battery showes 12.5 volts checked all relayes im lost???????????


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Try this first. With one of you under the car whack the starter with a hammer as the other of you turns the key t the start position and holds it there. No wimpy whacks here give it one or two good ones. If it is a bad starter it may start this way. If it does, a new starter motor is in your future. Very easy to change on a Jeep. If it doesn't work let me know and we will go further.

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  • Howard Lester Dec 08, 2008

    I bet the nose bushing is worn causing the pinion gear two grind into the flywheel.You need a new starter I am guessing.Like I say they are easy to change on a Jeep. Just make sure you disconnect and isolate the negative battery terminal before you start any work.


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