1998 Jeep Cherokee

Tiny
DECSEVEN2003
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  • 1998 JEEP CHEROKEE
Electrical problem
1998 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl Automatic

two questions.1st when I try to start the jeep, all I get is a *click* sound, I had figured it was the starter, so I had a brand new starter installed (myself) and it still does it occaisionally. If and/or when I need to start it I have to start it from the starter itself with a wrench. I don't like having to start it this way. What is the problem here? Second question -. NOW it seems I have no battery power, I just had someone give me a boost, it started, but when I let go of the gas to an idle it just dies.I'm hoping this isn't an alternator problem, but what do you think the problem is?
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Monday, September 20th, 2010 AT 6:53 PM

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Tiny
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See my profile, Imma CJ Kiinda Guy, I'm a member like you, I do not know specifics of your rig.

You seem to know a little about your rig (starting)

The only thing I can think of about the clicking and no starting is that your SOLENOID is bad, or the Positive Cable, going to or leaving the solenoid to the starter has a dirty or loose connection.

The normal (old fashioned) way to locate the Solenoid is to follow the POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE, IT WILL USUALLY TAKE YOU TO THE SOLENOID.

I do not know your system at all, but my SOLENOIDS are on the fender, and on mine I would remove the wires (all) wire brush them and reinstall TIGHT!

I might even clean the Battery posts, cable clamps, WHERE THE CABLES JOIN ON TO THE CLAMPS. ETC.

Check and clean the ground Cables (Neg BAT Cable, both ends) on the Engine and frame if you have one there.

Once all of this is done, MAYBE JUST MAYBE, alternator will charge.

Remove the connectors on it (several times on and off) to sorta scrape the connections clean. Tighten all wires that "BOLT ON"

Do you have a Voltmeter to test the battery (Jeep OFF) and then TEST while runningTest at the BATTERY POS and NEG Posts. Alternator Charging (with a "charged" Battery) should be over 13.5 VOLTS and under 16 VOLTS

If your battery needs charging, you may show a lower reading until you are charged up.

Never the less, if you are charging, "RUNNING READING" WILL BE MORE THAN "OFF READING"!

If you cannot perform this test, Autozone or Advance Auto will do it for FREEEEEEEEEE!

They are dealing with these type problems ALL THE TIME. And they may become your FREE mechanic, as far as diagnosis and explaining things

If you are capable, do all the connector cleaning and tightening, before you go there, to eliminate Those Factors out of the Equation!

Reply below with Good News!

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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 AT 12:31 AM
Tiny
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Thank you very much for that info. I actually forgot that I had posted this question.I only just remembered and decided to check it. I found out what my problem was. For the *click* I had to replace the wire from the battery to the starter. Works fine now, just like brand new. As for the charging problem, well, I laughed real hard. It seems I overlooked the battery clamps, the positive clamp was tightened so much that it actually cracked, thus, being loose on the battery. I have that problem fixed too now as well. Sometimes it's just the simple things that get you down haha. But I am still gonna go down through your checklist and make sure that is all good as well, so that I don't have any future problems with that anymore. Again, thank you
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Saturday, October 9th, 2010 AT 9:27 PM
Tiny
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Wonderful!

Glad he was a EZ fix, Like you said (sorta) Its usually something stupid you overlooked.

Bad thing is, if you have buddies like some of mine, they look at me like I'm the Expert, and they do not/ cannot/ will not check behind me for my stupid mistakes.

Thanks for the reply, I get few, and I really like hearing about the "End Results"

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Saturday, October 9th, 2010 AT 11:08 PM

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