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How do I access starter on 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

When I turn the key I just get a click. If I run a jumper cable from battery to starter silinoid (?) it cranks right up. So I'm pretty sure it's a wiring problem. It worked fine and then just stopped, luckily it was in my garage.

I've jacked up the jeep from the frame to allow as much suspension droop as possible, but I can still just barely reach the starter with my finger tips. How do I get to it so I can re-do the electrical connections?

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  • ccsteil Dec 09, 2008

    My question is really just how do I get better access to the starter. It's sandwiched between the exhauxt/catalytic converter and the front left suspension components.

    Do I have to remove the exhaust? What do I do?


  • ccsteil Dec 09, 2008

    Has anyone personally replaced the starter on a 2004 Grand Cherokee with a V8? How do I get to it? It looks like I almost have to remove the exhaust to do so. Please tell me there's an easier way.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Check the electrical connections to the starter solenoid, see if the test light goes on when the key is held in the crank position, if the test light lites then the issue may be with the nuetral safety switch which is on the transmission. U can buy a 12 volt test light for a few bucks, best tool for this kind of job.



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It is your starter cynnaoid replace then it should be fixed leave a commit if need any more help

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  • Bryan Howald Dec 09, 2008

    you have to remove the down pipe on the exhaust to get to then there should be some room to unbolt it and drop it out



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