2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic 4x4, 4.0L, 135,000 miles. - Last Tuesday I ran into an unexpectedly deep water hole. It sat in about 3 feet of water for about 10 minutes tops.
The engine immediately seized and would not restart. Towed it to my buddy's house where I began to make repairs. I took out the sparks plugs and cranked the motor to push out any water. Very little water came out so I put in fresh spark plugs and changed the oil. The car started up on it's own until I pressed the accelerator and it died. I jumped the car off and drove to buy a new TPS sensor.(Wouldn't idle or start on it's own). Replaced the senser and it started right up after about a second of straining to start. It started like this everytime and ran great until today.
It made the 130 mile trip home fine. But would not start this morning. This leads me to beleive that the motor is not seized. The clicking I get when I turn the key past on is from the starter solenoid I'm assuming. I lead a jumper cable from the positive of my battery to the smaller terminal on the solenoid but got no response from the starter motor.
Does this mean that it is for sure the starter motor or could there be a problem somewhere else in the long line of complicated electricals?
By the way my battery is putting out 14 volts and all my instruments, lights, radio etc work.
Any suggestions for what else I should check before busting my knuckles trying to remove the starter would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!
have the same problem?
Sunday, January 28th, 2007 AT 10:15 PM