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Old 09-12-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Yesterday, my cherokee ran great in the morning, but come the evening, woulnd't start. It woulnd't crank. I heard the starter relay clicking, but nothing after that. Being that I'm at college, with very limited tools and not even a sturdy jack (only the one that comes with it), I didn't want to take the starter out. I was getting power before the solenoid. I saw someplace that tapping on the starter/solenoid can free up a little corrosion, so I did that this morning, and sure enough, it fired right up. I do want to replace the part that is at issue, would this be the starter motor, or the starter solenoid? Thanks
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You dont need a jack to change a starter on the jeep.

The starter is very prone to failure because of its location on the motor. They get soaked by oil and dirt very easy.

you will have to replace the whole starter, runs about 75 at oreillys i believe.
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Okay, thanks. I didn't really take a good look at how it fit in there, as it was raining today. Will the solenoid come with the starter? The people at the Advance Auto Parts out here didn't seem to know, and said they would have to order the starter (69.99).
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They come with one.

To take out a starter all you need is a 15MM and 14MM wrench, and then some tiny wrenches for the 2 wires.

They only take about 5-10 minutes to get out.

They weigh alot more then they look, make sure ya dont drop it on your face.

I could never understand why they put the starter right below the oil filter.. no matter how you remove the oil filter, its going to spray oil all over the Starter.
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I could never understand why they put the starter right below the oil filter.. no matter how you remove the oil filter, its going to spray oil all over the Starter.
I know exactly what you mean, and the fact that the oil filter housing is a very common leak spot in the 4.0.... I actually found a starter cover, ran about 39.99 at ABC, but it sure beats replacing the starter all the time.
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[quote=jimlask;276205]They come with one.

They weigh alot more then they look, make sure ya dont drop it on your face.
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X2. Yeah, it hurts. As soon as you think everything is going way too easy taking out the old starter...clunk!
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Thank you*informed me.
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They come with one.

They weigh alot more then they look, make sure ya dont drop it on your face.
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X2. Yeah, it hurts. As soon as you think everything is going way too easy taking out the old starter...clunk!


HAHAHA ya! Disconnect battery first!!! on my 2000, its a 1/2" nut on the battery cable, and a small nut on the relay wire. Leave the solenoid --> starter wires attached. Knocking the solenoid with a rock is only to be used as a last ditch effort ( as in I just climbed Mt. Jefferson and my jeep wont start in the middle of nowhere kind of a save)
Then I think its just 3 more 1/2" or 9/16" that connect it to the motor. If you lay under your jeep head first on the passenger side, you have to scoot back past the front axle, and it will be rite above you.
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just did mine, 2 bolts to remove from the block. The lower bolt is longer and is a 9/16. the upper short bolt is a 5/8 on my 2000
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