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1999 XJ Cherokee will not start.

Rebuilt starter and new relay. Power to other circuits. Will not turn starter.

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  • rjmatuska Jan 31, 2009

    Good battery. Had same problem earlier. Changed staer and worked for a short time. When key is turned the fuel pump and other items are powered. Changed relay and problem went away for one day. Next day when key was turned, starter would not turn. Starter is about one year old. Seems to have plenty of juice to power all other electrical systems.

  • rjmatuska Feb 09, 2009

    So far I have installed a rebuilt starter, new starter relay and ignition switch. If I put the key into the ignitopn and jumper from the small post on the starter solenoid to the battery, I can start the Jeep.

    Today I tried to jumper across the two terminals in the wire going to the neutral safety switch. When I tried to start the Jeep with the key, it would not turn the starter over.



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Check voltage at battery.Check for proper ground. Check power at large terminal on starter. Check power both into and out of relay.Check power at small terminal on starter with key in start position. If everything is good, check power into and out of ignition switch, check power into & out from neutral safety switch. If stick shift, check power at clutch switch (circut closed with clutch depressed). Make sure engine can be turned by hand, and is not locked up.If locked, check spark plugs for coolant intrusion. with plugs out, check if it can be turned by hand.(never turn engine by hand with ignition switch in on position)

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  • Richard Scordino Feb 09, 2009

    In order for me to offer any better suggestions you will need to put a volt meter on it and get some real readings. at battery center posts, from terminal clamps to service ends on both main power wires, voltage at main lead on starter, voltage to small lead on starter(with key turned to start)(in a worst case situation you may want to trace this wire back to it's origin, or perhaps run a new wire to that relay) from positive lead of battery to block.Check power lead inside power distribution center.
    Some thoughts: It seems you regain power when working in there. This suggests a bad connection somewhere. Also, the trigger wire on the starter seems to run to but share a terminal on the ecu, I doubt if it comes into play here but make sure where wires join there is no corrosion.


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How old is your battery?
Try changing it or charge your battery. At Wal-Mart a new battery is around $50-$60 for a jeep. just look and see how many cca's you need. I think my jeep is 525cca's.

From Brandon Bird
Dushore, PA

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  • Brandon Bird Jan 31, 2009

    Try cleaning the battery terminals and the inside of the cables.



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