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Will not start when key is turned, it just clicks

My Jeep GC Limited will not start. I had the battery checked and it is good, all lights work. when I start it all it does is click. I have checked every fuse there is.

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  • morpheus_pip Mar 05, 2009

    I had the starter tested they said it was good....since Im not a mechanic can the start test ok and still have a bad solenoid? How would I know the ground is bad?? All lights work and everything else.

  • morpheus_pip Mar 07, 2009

    Thundergod I did what you said and still no go....cleaned the ground to the body....they are the original battery cables. Just a click. I just replaced the starter 2 yrs ago rlp470 and I had it tested they said it was good. Maybe I should take it somewhere else and have it tested??

  • morpheus_pip Mar 07, 2009

    Everyone was correct it was the starter!!!! after checking everything electrical, I decided to take the starter off and have it tested by another. It tested fine at the first place, when I took it back to the place I bought it, they tested it again and it FAILED! But they didnt have any in stock so I had to go to another store. When I got there they tested it and it passed! BUT! The lady who was helping me, after removing it from the bench it clicked! she said did you hear that! I said yes! she said yes your problem is the starter!



    This is the first time I have used this site! THANK YOU EVERYONE! New starter is in, JEEP fired right up!!

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Your starter motor is the problem take it off and have it checked, you can do this by taking it in to your local parts dealer and they should be able to tell you. let me know if this works.

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  • Rod Phillips Mar 07, 2009

    If you are confident that the parts dealer you took it to are repitable then there is no need to try another for the same problem, one thing you can check is take a voltage meter and check the amp draw that your starter is taking it should be between 9 and 12 volts, also does the starter gear show signs of wear or the flywheel itself,

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Possible starter, or starter solenoid failure, or bad ground.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Mar 05, 2009

    Was battery was tested? Was it tested for "standing volts" or was it load tested? Assuming test was valid, , make sure that both terminal ends are clean on the inside where they make contact with the battery. If you have a replacement cable end on either wire, make sure there is no corrosion inside the clamp on the actual wire.Remove the negative cable from the block and clean contact surface on wire end and block. Remove any small wires from negative side of battery to body and clean them as well (use a sharp knife or sandpaper.) Since you already removed the starter for testing, that terminal is likely OK.
    Depending upon who tested the starter, and how it was done, sometimes readings can be mis-understood. However, we will assume it's OK for now. If 12v is reaching the starter at the main connection, and when you turn the key, there is 12v at the smaller (trigger) wire, the starter should turn the engine. If not, with the ignition OFF, try turning it by hand... If you can turn the engine, the starter again becomes suspect.(regardless of test results) Remember...all testing depends upon a battery that is holding 12v or better. if not, charge or replace lkit.


  • Richard Scordino Mar 07, 2009

    Asssuming that you checked the starter relay in the power distribution center, and there is 12V at the main starter terminal and 12v at the small wire on the solenoid when the ign key is in the start position, I see no reason that the starter will not turn (providing you can turn the engine by hand). Therefore, regardless of testing, I would be fairly confident in changing the starter. If I were there, I would take the starter apart and figure out what's going on inside of it, but it's not necessary to the repair. (changing the solenoid, you'd still have a starter with worn brushes)

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