I have a 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 I6 2wd. When turning key to on position, I get one click from my ASD relay (can't remember if it did that before). The problem is, when I try to start it, my starter just chatters, battery is good @ 12.3 volts, all wires are cleaned and tightened, tried jumping starter solenoid, and just chatters. The starter is brand new, is this a faulty reman's starter? HELP! I am clueless.. all relays also have continuity where needed and also 12v where needed.
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Re: Starter chattering away, will not crank engine.
One last test before pulling the starter off to test it. Do a voltage drop test on your positive cable. If you don't know how, go to youtube and watch videos. Just remember, this test only works when current is being passed through a wire or cable, so you will need a helper to hold key in start. This test will tell you if you are losing voltage anywhere between the positive battery post and the cable connection on the starter. If you are getting no loss of voltage at the starter, then it is time to pull the starter off. You can also test the ground cable for any fault.
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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.
howdy, several things come to mind, so here's a few things to check. most likely you have an automatic transmission, have you tried cranking in neutral instead of park? if you can crank it in neutral then the neutral safety switch/transmission range sensor could be your problem. also, when you turn the key to crank, do you hear the starter relay(in the underhood fusebox) or the starter solenoid clicking? the starter & ignition switch can also cause this problem. check all your fuses inside and under the hood. good luck.