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Clicking instead of starting

When the key goes to accessory the guages all fluctuate wildly and a rapid clicking noise begins. The starter will not engage and the clicking/fluctuation continues even after the key is removed.

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  • benz72 Jan 23, 2009

    The battery is pretty new and I had it in the shop last month to get the batt cables replaced, the mechanic said they just needed to be cleand and tightened. Jumping sometimes works.

  • benz72 Jan 23, 2009

    Turns out it was a bad cell. New battery $107, borrowing a cell tester and the right sized socket to swap the old one out, 1 case coors lite. Thanks guys.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    no mechanical noises,new plugs gave higher rev but no change in symptoms. 5" mercury w/wild but low fluctuations of gauge.

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Have you had the battery checked or tried to jumpstart it?

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All Jeep Cherokees have an electrical problem. On mine, I found that if you just put the key in and turn it to on but dont start it. The gages will go crazy but they will stop in a few seconds. When they stop the car is fine. If your gages go all the way around and get stuck like mine did, put the key in and push the reset odometer and hold it. Then turn the key to on. After thirty seconds the gages should reset themselves and release the button. In the future to stop the gages from going crazy, try not to leave anything plugged into your cig lighter overnight and make sure you turn your lights off.

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Sounds like a bad battery connection or a bad battery .remove the battery and take it to an auto parts store and have it checked . clean up the connections before you reinstall them

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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Hi There,

You turn the key to start your engine and....
a series of rapid clicks. Your car won't start. What's going on?

That clicking noise is your starter solenoid.

Your starter needs a lot of power to turn your engine. That much power would melt your ignition switch in no time if it passed directly through it. So what happens instead is your ignition switch actuates another electric switch called a solenoid. The solenoid is a really HEAVY DUTY switch.

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That's where those clicks are coming from and why.

The remedy:
Short term - Jump start
Long term - Charge or replace battery.


I wanted to explain what was happening rather than just saying 'dead battery, replace it'. That way you can judge for yourself whats going on.

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