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Starter motors normally draw around 450 to 650 amps when starting an engine. The solenoid clicking indicates that there is not sufficient current to spin the armature. The first check is to have a load test done on the battery.( batteries are prone to sudden failure if they are weak to start with and the temperature falls really low. next is to check battery terminals and posts are shiny clean and tight . Lastly if you feel that it is still the starter motor have it removed and bench tested as the major failures are dry joints in the armature bars or worn bushes that allow the armature to hit the poles .The brushes may also be worn below a working levels
Posted on Nov 26, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
ase mechanic here, sounds like the starter is on its way out, will have to replace since you cleaned all the connections, but in the mean time try hitting the solenoid portion with some object and see if the engine starts. if so the starter needs replacing.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
I also have a 98 Jeep Cherokee with the same problem. I know I probably need to replace the starter eventually but as of now I turn it to accessory only, pop it in neutral, then start it and it works every time when it wouldn't even try to turn over with it in park. Don't know why it works, but it does. Give it a try.
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
A solenoid needs so much power to kick in. I think your battery is getting old and not at full capacity. Hove it check and replace if needed.
Posted on Mar 29, 2009
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