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Son's 2001 jeep grand cherokee V8, he just bought it with 110000 miles, and now it clicks but won't start. It has battery power, all lights work and did start once. I assume we need a new starter and solenoid, is that something a father and son can do. I have done some mechanical work. Is there a way I can start it and drive it a few blocks to my garage for more room and more tools?

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First locate the starter, there should be 2 wires going to it one big one small. there should be +12v on the big wire at all times, the little wire should get +12v only when the key is turned to the start position. if this checks out, youre looking at a starter and solenoid. this can be accomplished by a father and son, the hardest part is wiggleing the old one out ans wiggleing the new one in as you have to manuver around the front suspension and driveline. put some penetrating oil on the nuts for the wires and remove the negative battery cable from the battery. remove the wires from the solenoid and secure them out of the way. remove the bolts that hold the starter to the block ( watch that last bolt and dont drop the starter on your head!) remove the starter. instalation is reverse of this process. its also a good idea to put some dielectric grease on the wire terminals on the solenoid to keep corrosion at bay. as for getting it to start one last time to move it to the repair location, you could try knocking on the starter with a solid object (only works if just a segment of the motor armature is bad) it might bounce it to a position where it makes contact.

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Easy & good father & son experience. First try jump starting. Just because lights & accessories come on doesn't necessarily mean battery is good. Start draws many more amps than lights. Jump start and take to local parts store like Autozone, Advance, etc... have them load test battery & test charging system - you'll find your problem - they do this FREE

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Just because the lights work does not ensure that the battery is good. To be sure that the battery is good it should be load tested. Most auto parts stores will do this for free, it could save you the trouble and expense of replacing the starter.

Also thouroughly inspect the cables/connectors, make sure they aren't corroded or damage.

This is the starter replacement procedure.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Negative battery cable
    • Starter mounting bolts
    • Starter solenoid harness connections
    • Starter
    To install:
  2. Connect the starter solenoid wiring connectors.
  3. Install the starter and tighten the bolts to the following specifications:
    • 2.5L engine: 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
    • 4.0L engine: Upper bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) and lower bolt to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm)
    • 4.7L engine: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
    • 5.2L and 5.9L engines: 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm)
  4. Install the negative battery cable and check for proper operation.

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