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2002 Jeep Liberty starter "clacks" about every 2-3 minutes even when the motor is shut off and key is out of the ignition.

Periodically, it won't start. It acts like the starter is bad so I keep trying the key until it fires. I have switched the wiper and starter relay thinking the relay was bad but it still did the same thing.

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Does your vehicle have a remote start? Its possible that the remote start is malfunctioning. I had a vehicle with similar issues, and I didn't even know it had a remote start. (The previous owner had one, but had never told me about it, or given me the remote for it.) If you have a remote start, it should be located under the dash, next to the steering column, or firewall, or under the drivers seat. Disconnect the wiring harness from the remote start if you have one.
If you are sure you have no remote start, or if the problem continues after disconnecting it, then follow these steps.
1. Locate the small diameter wire going to the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid will be on the starter itself. This wire will be much smaller than the large wire that comes directly from the battery. This wire is is likely fastened with a round crimp connector and a philips head screw. Or it may be a clip on plug.DISCONNECT THIS WIRE. If the "clacking problem" continues with the key off, when the wire is disconnected, then you can be sure that the starter has a problem. If the problem stops (Of course it won't start either) Then proceed to step 2.
2. At this point you may want to take it to a professional who has the wiring diagrams to properly troubleshoot. But if you are up to it, Hook the disconnected wire back up to the starter, and locate the wiring harness coming from the key switch and disconnect it. If the "clacking" stops, replace the key switch. If it doesn't, then you have a short, or wire harness problem. At this point you probably need a wiring diagram and professional troubleshooting experience to proceed further.

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I agree with Bill.
My guess is the ignition switch or the wiring going to it

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I WOULD BE ENCLINED TO THINK THE IGNITION SWITCH IS BAD

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