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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no year, 1993?
that's the starter motor , called cranking over and engine.
or silent start. (dead)
key turns no sound from starter.
does it click?
is dash warning lamp all glowing key on, they must, if not battery is dead, or battery lugs only corroded, (clean em?)
are head lamps dim or dead, turned on?
just it jumper cable crank, (AAA autotow style)
id say battery is dead. or lugs rusty.
DOES IT CRANK in NEUTRAL? using fresh PRNDL contacts?
no crank, is easy to diagnose. with just one tool a voltmeter.
12.6vdc is a charged battery , rested, if lower, and not cold its discharged. so charge it or jumper cable crank engine off running donor car. easy huh?
if it cant crank it cant start, (mine can push start or gravity start)
battery cable lugs clean and tight x4 ends? green corrosion?
we then hot wire. the starter solenoid, next. (using old screwdriver as jumper bar)
it cranks now (good starter ) all in 5min work !
it does not crank bad starter.
so it cranks hot wired. good.
so next what is next, easy the KEY line.
the key line runs form the starter to the PRNDL switch and then the KEY switch (crank Start line)
if the car has SKIM immobilizer it cuts fuel not spark.
so i check for 12vdc into PRNDL cranking then key is ok.
if got 12vdc in to PRNLD but not out cranking the switch is bad.
its that simple ,with any 10buck DMM off walfarts shelf.
if car is hacked or alarms spliced in, we cant fix it here, its not stock.
same with remote start hack jobs.
my guess, A/T tranny car.........?????
dies it jumper cable jump start off a running car.?
yes, battery bad, battery not charged or charging system in car bad.
no, then will the gear shift, or start in neutral.
do 1 to 6. http://www.fixkick.com/nocrank.html#tricks
Park your Jeep Grand Cherokee on
a level surface, activate the emergency brake and place blocks behind
the back tires for safety. Disconnect the negative battery cable with a
terminal puller and isolate it. Raise the front end of the car with a jack for easier access to the starter.
Check for a support bracket if
your Jeep Grand Cherokee has four wheel drive (also in some
transmissions). You will find the support bracket between the front axle
and side of the transmission. Remove the two support bracket bolts at
the transmission and pry the support bracket away slightly to obtain
access to the starter bolts. Place the bolts you remove in the jar for
safe keeping until later.
Support the weight of the
starter and unfasten the starter mounting bolts. Place the bolts in the
jar. Move the starter toward the front of the vehicle. The nose of the starter pinion housing should clear the housing.
Point the nose of the starter
downward and lower the starter enough to remove the nut that fastens the
battery positive cable wire harness connector eyelet to the solenoid
battery terminal stud.
Remove and disconnect the
positive battery cable from the solenoid terminal stud/connector
receptacle. Remove the starter motor from the engine of your Jeep Grand
Take your malfunctioning starter
to the parts store with you. Aftermarket distributors re-manufacture
most of the starters they sell, so you can likely obtain a partial
credit toward your new starter by exchanging your old one. Be sure that
you take care not to damage the starter in transit, because the better
condition it is in, the more you can get for it.
Purchase a replacement starter
that has the same or higher cranking capacity (power rating) as the
original starter. Also, match the bolt patterns, drive gears and
electrical connections. Your owner's manual may list specifications or
the auto parts technician will help you determine them. Download an
owner's manual on the My Jeep website.
Installation of the New Starter
Snap the solenoid wire to the starter motor. Remember to support the weight of the starter at all times.
Reconnect the positive battery cable to the solenoid stud and tighten the battery cable eyelet nut.
Position the starter next to the
transmission. If your Jeep Grand Cherokee has an automatic
transmission, put the cooler tube bracket in position. Install and
tighten the starter mounting bolts. Replace transmission support
Lower your Jeep Grand Cherokee
back to the ground. Reconnect the negative battery cable. Turn the key
in the ignition to see if your new starter motor functions correctly.
Remove battery connections and clean them, or try twisting cables. The clicking is the solenoid kicking in. Your likely not getting enough power there to engage the starter. Other wise, your starter is probably bad, you can try tapping it with a hammer or what ever else you can hit it with. Don't try to kill it. If it starts after hitting it, its definitely the starter motor. Start with the connections tho.
Your starter needs a "makeover". try to clean or change the brushes in the starter.
a cheap and simple solution, is to make the cables on the starter longer, and attach them to a button in you car. If you choose that solution, you just have to turn on the ignition, and then push the button you have connected the starter cables to.