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Help me start my jeep
July 17, 2009 8:56 AM   Subscribe

Help me start my car engine. Or at least understand why it won't start.

So: I went to start my car last night (2001 Jeep Wrangler), but flubbed it and let go of the key too soon; the engine turned over once but didn't start. When I tried again, it just made a single quiet click and didn't even try to turn over. Leaving it to sit overnight failed to magically solve the problem, which had been my fervent hope.

I've checked the obvious stuff -- the battery seems to have adequate charge; I tried jumpstarting it anyway and that didn't help either. That exhausts the full extent of my car repair ability.

I know the answer is probably going to be "call a tow truck", but I guess I'm hoping that there's some obvious cause-and-effect going on with the flubbed start, which will have an equally obvious solution... any ideas?

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Bad Starter Jeep Wrangler


One of the most common problems that can occur in the life of a vehicle is a bad starter, that includes the Jeep Wrangler.  It is important to determine whether or not it’s a bad starter that is keeping the vehicle from turning over.

If your Wrangler is not starting, don’t assume right away that the starter is bad immediately.  There are other issues that can keep it from turning over.  These include a bad battery, battery cables, or a neutral safety switch issue.  Starters are not expensive, but replacing them can be tricky.


Bad Starter Symptoms:  Jeep Wrangler

Noises coming from the starter and the vehicle itself not starting are the most common symptoms of a bad starter in your Wrangler.  


Jeep Wrangler Bad Starter Diagnosis

1. Noises

Your ears are the best diagnostic tool that you have.  You can tell a lot about what’s going on with a vehicle by carefully listening for changes.  A bad starter will often click, but not engage the flywheel/flexplate.  It can also make a grinding sound.

If you hear a high pitched whirring sound, it may indicate that your Wrangler’s starter is bad, or it could mean that the starter is turning, but not making contact with the flywheel.  This is often caused by starter bolts that were not torqued tightly enough, or a broken flex plate/flywheel tooth.


2. Won’t Start

If your Wrangler won’t start that can be a very strong indication of a bad starter.  The thing is, it can also indicate other problems as well.  You don’t want to go through all of the trouble involved in replacing your starter only to discover that it wasn’t bad at all.

Common other reasons your Wrangler won’t start include:

  • Bad Battery Cables or Terminals– Throughout your Wrangler’s life, the battery cables and terminals can become corroded.  This corrosion keeps the proper voltage from getting to the starter.  If the dash lights dim or turn off entirely when trying to start your Wrangler, that can indicate the battery or cables.
  • Bad Battery– A battery that is too depleted won’t start your engine.  If the starter is turning slowly, but not fast enough for your Wrangler to start, it could very likely be a bad battery that is at fault (as opposed to a bad starter).

If you aren’t sure if it’s the starter or not, here’s a whole article on diagnosing why your Wrangler won’t start.  


3.  Smoke

Smoke coming from under the hood is a good indication that the starter has given up the ghost.  It can burn up, or the wiring associated with it can burn up.  If you see smoke, stop cranking!  Make sure your Wrangler isn’t on fire and have a mechanic take a look.


Bad Starter Diagnosis:  Jeep Wrangler

You’ll want to take a look at your Wrangler’s battery cables and battery posts.  If they are corroded, you’ll need a good wire brush or terminal cleaner to them cleaned up.  

Look at the wire going directly from the battery to the starter.  Check to see if it is burnt, or if it has taken any sort of damage that could keep it from properly conducting electricity.

If everything looks good with the battery cables and terminals, move on to the neutral safety switch.  Try putting your Wrangler in neutral and starting the engine.  If it starts, that could indicate a bad neutral safety switch, and not a bad starter.

If the neutral safety switch trick doesn’t work, take a look at the battery and make sure that it doesn’t look visibly damaged.  It may be worth your time to take it and have it tested at the local auto parts store (this is usually a complimentary service) before pulling and replacing the starter itself.



Good luck diagnosing whether or not your Jeep Wrangler has a bad starter.  If there is anything that you would like to add, please leave a comment below.  Thank you.

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How much does a Car Starter Repair cost?

On average, the cost for a Jeep Wrangler Car Starter Repair is $199 with $104 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1992 Jeep WranglerL6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$322.95Shop/Dealer Price$384.94 - $548.41
1998 Jeep WranglerL6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$302.95Shop/Dealer Price$364.96 - $528.44
2004 Jeep WranglerL6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$455.35Shop/Dealer Price$555.46 - $833.24
1988 Jeep WranglerL6-4.2LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$302.95Shop/Dealer Price$364.94 - $528.40
2003 Jeep WranglerL6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$455.35Shop/Dealer Price$555.47 - $833.27
2018 Jeep WranglerV6-3.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$713.99Shop/Dealer Price$876.01 - $1335.02
2017 Jeep WranglerV6-3.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$699.99Shop/Dealer Price$859.87 - $1317.28
1994 Jeep WranglerL4-2.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$360.87Shop/Dealer Price$436.34 - $639.70

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What's a car starter motor and how does it work?

The starter motor is a powerful, compact electric motor that will turn a car’s engine over at about 200 RPM in order to start the engine. The starter is at the terminus of a circuit that includes the battery, the ignition switch, a neutral safety switch, relays and fuses.

When you turn the ignition key to start, or press the start button in some vehicles, the starter circuit is completed and the starter will run. Most starters have a small pinion gear that engages a larger ring gear on the flywheel when the starter is powered on. The pinion gear turns the engine flywheel at about 200 RPM. Since the flywheel is directly connected to the crankshaft, all engine components will then turn in sync and the engine starts.


When to replace the starter?

Starters are relatively durable but most will eventually fail in one or more of the following ways:

  • Intermittent operation of the starter. Starters can develop bad spots on the armature which will cause intermittent operation. This causes the starter to work sometimes and other times when you turn the key nothing happens.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal electrical and mechanical faults can cause the starter to draw too much current and in some cases the current drawn will exceed what the battery can supply. A consequence is the engine may not start as rapidly.
  • Unusual noises on starting. If you hear any type of grinding or other unusual noise while starting the engine, that should be investigated as the noise could reflect an internal starter failure or the noise could be due to pinion gear failure or flywheel ring gear damage.
  • Starter doesn’t function when turning the key. In some cases, the first symptom of a starter malfunction is a complete failure of the starter motor. This happens when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the starter motor does not function at all.

How do mechanics repair the starter?

  • If the starter is determined to be faulty, the battery must be disconnected prior to commencing any work. Once the battery is disconnected, the wiring to the starter is disconnected.
  • Starters are bolted to the engine block or the transmission case. Generally, there are two bolts. The procedure to access the starter varies across car models and can require removal, or lowering, of other vehicle components.
  • Once the starter is removed and a new starter is installed, the mounting bolts are tightened to the OEM factory torque specifications, the electrical connections are cleaned and re-attached to the starter and the starter is tested to confirm normal operation.

Is it safe to drive with a starter problem?

Once a vehicle engine is running, the starter is not in use. However, if you know that the starter is malfunctioning or working intermittently, you may be left stranded if you turn the engine off and the starter doesn’t function when restarting the engine. Should you know or suspect a problem with the starter, it is best to have the problem repaired to avoid being left stranded.

When replacing a faulty starter keep in mind:

  • Prior to replacing the starter, simple diagnostic tests should be performed to ensure that the problem is a faulty starter versus a weak battery, faulty neutral start switch, or other faulty electrical component in the starter motor circuit.
  • Starters draw large amounts of current from the battery, much more than any other electrically powered device in your car. This makes it important that the electrical connections to the battery are inspected, cleaned, and tightened as necessary. Cables to the starter should also be inspected for corrosion and replaced as needed.

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Replacing Starter on 2013 Jeep JK 3.6L Pentastar
  1. Step 1 – Disconnect battery. Before attempting to remove the starter, disconnect the battery.
  2. Step 2 – Lift and support vehicle (optional)
  3. Step 3 – Remove starter.
  4. Step 4 – Install new starter.
  5. Step 5 – Connect battery and start vehicle.

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Regarding this, how do you change a starter on a Jeep?


  1. Loosen the negative battery cable clamp and disconnect the cable.
  2. Apply the parking brake. Raise the front of the vehicle with a jack, then secure it on jack stands.
  3. Disconnect the wiring connector(s) at the starter motor. Remove the starter mounting bolts and lower the starter from the vehicle.

Beside above, how much is a starter for a Jeep Wrangler? The average cost for a Jeep Wrangler starter replacement is between $318 and $395. Labor costs are estimated between $95 and $121 while parts are priced between $223 and $274.

Subsequently, one may also ask, where is the starter located on a Jeep Wrangler?

The starter is located on the driver's side of the vehicle, just above the drive line.

How can you start a car with a bad starter?

  1. Check the connections. The first thing to check is the connections.
  2. Check the engine grounds. A starter doesn't have a ground wire coming from the battery.
  3. Check the starter solenoid's wire.
  4. Check for corrosion.
  5. Tapping the starter with a hammer.
  6. Jump-start the car.
  7. Bypass the starter relay.
  8. Push start the car.
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Starter location jeep wrangler 2013

If you own a Jeep Wrangler and are experiencing intermittent starting or no crank at all then this article is definitely for you. We will identify what the possible cause is of power loss, no crank, and why your Jeep won’t turn over. It’s not always simply a bad battery. Possible issues could be a bad starter or solenoid. Are you getting fuel supplied? Perhaps a loose earth connection or electrical corrosion on the battery terminals? We will discuss all these and more in this article, and explain in detail how to troubleshoot each.

Why won’t your Jeep Wrangler start? Your Jeep Wrangler won’t start if you have any of the below faults:

  • Dead or Low Voltage battery
  • A bad Starter
  • Loose Earth Cable
  • Faulty Ignition Switch
  • Battery Terminal Corrosion
  • A faulty Solenoid
  • Bad Starter Relay
  • Faulty Park Neutral Safety Switch
  • Fuel

So we’ve identified a few potential culprits that could cause your trusty Wrangler not to start. But how do we isolate which component it actually is? The last thing you want to do is run out and spend a load of money on a replacement battery, only to find out it was just a loose earth strap connection in the end. Not cool!

So, let us see what tests we can carry out to determine which component is faulty and what needs replacement. Let’s get into it.

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The first thing we want to determine is the age of your battery. Many people seem to forget that a car battery only lasts about 2-3 years nowadays, after which you can expect it to die at any time. Usually, there is some sort of inscription or date stamp on the battery which indicates its age or purchase date. If your batter is well over 3 years you’re probably due for a replacement soon anyway.  So checking battery age is critical.

Next, you want to determine if the battery is fully charged and if it can still handle the required cranking load. How do we do that?

Bad/Low Battery

Well, the most effective is to hook up a voltmeter and take a reading under the load setting. The first starting point when diagnosing a dead battery is to verify your battery has the correct voltage. Incorrect or low power to the starter will not start your Jeep.

Batteries use CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) to measure starting power. Be aware that your battery could have power, however, when under load, the cranking amps are not powerful enough to get the starter to crank the engine. A good fully charged battery should read over 12.6 volts. If the battery reads 12.45 volts or less, it is low. If your battery is reading less than a 75 percent charge it needs to be recharged or replaced if it has expired. Battery voltage readings drop with ambient temperatures. A rough guide is 0.01 volts for every 10 degrees F. (-12.2 Celsius)

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Bad Starter

So if you’ve determined that your battery is healthy and fully charged, how do we go about testing the starter? Remember, the starter only has one function, and that is to turn/crank the engine. That’s it! If the engine is turning over but not starting your problem lays elsewhere. Starters usually last many years and can endure thousands of starts, however, if your Jeep has been regularly exposed to rivers or beach water, mud, and other moist or dusty conditions, it could drastically reduce the lifespan of your electrical components.

Typical symptoms of a bad starter is, it has no cranking functionality and just a clicking sound. The clicking sound you hear is the solenoid trying to engage the starter. The starter gears and spindle could be jammed up inside or worse case, the wire cores could be burned out completely. The starter will draw heavy current to try and start/turn the engine, however, if the battery voltage is low it could burn out the brushes or even the entire wiring inside, completely destroying it.

Typical symptoms of a bad starter are:

  • Lights on but no crank
  • Clicking sounds

Loose Earth Cable

Jeeps have been known for somewhat inadequate grounding, so don’t overlook this part. Make sure you have sufficient ground contact and the earth strap is still in good condition. You might even have to install a second earth ground cable if need be. In many cases, the electrical faults on Jeeps aren’t usually electrical as they are more ground-related. Electrical components don’t only need the correct power but also a solid ground connection to function correctly.

Have a look at this quick video where Matt shows us how to repair a broken or corroded ground wire on a 2007 Jeep Wrangler. 

A good way to test your ground is by means of your voltmeter. You do this by placing the positive point on the positive battery post, and the negative lead on a clean metal surface on the starter body, or the solenoid mounted on it. Make sure the metal surface is clean and free of any grease or oil on the starter will suffice. Ensure the voltage reading you get at rest is the same as the battery reading at rest.

Ignition switch

Many Wrangler owners have reported faulty ignition switches. The key is stuck in the ignition start position, unbeknown to the driver. This results in the starter constantly engaging and eventually burning out. If you are unaware of the strange sound it makes, it can go undetected and the starter will eventually fail. Inspect the ignition switch actuator pin. It’s a bad design and a bit of an interior design. Jeep has had many issues with these parts as far as recalls go.

The below video demonstrates how to install an ignition switch on a Jeep Wrangler.

Recall Number02V075000
Recall Date03/08/2002

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My Jeep Won’t Start but It Turns Over

To diagnose, you first need to determine if the problem is electrical or fuel-related. If you have determined that fuel is being supplied all the way to the injectors then your next option is to inspect for electrical spark. Make sure you are getting a good strong spark to all your plugs.

If your starter spins but it does not start/crank the engine then you have a starter problem. The spindle or drive inside the starter is possibly damaged. If the starter is repairable, you can have the drive spindle replaced, otherwise you’ll need to replace the starter. It is also possible (but unlikely under normal circumstances) that your driveshaft is snapped, or the planetary track in the starter is worn, in which case a new starter is in order. Don’t forget to inspect for damaged teeth on the flywheel.

Jeep Won’t Start but Has Power 2018+

Many reports of 2018 jeep Wranglers suddenly not starting at random intervals. Owners would stop to fill up at a gas station only to be stranded with a non-starting Jeep.  All of the lights turn on and the
radio works. But no engine sound. No prior warnings sign either. Many reports indicate the battery and starters are all-new or have been recently replaced, ruling those options out.

The vehicle would randomly just start again, sometimes after about an hour. What could possibly be the cause?

In this instance, it could be the transmission temperature switch. This means your transmission is running over the temperature limit. Hence, after sitting for about an hour it cools down and allows you to restart again as if nothing was wrong.

In this instance, you want to make sure your transmission fluid is full, so check the fluid levels first and top-up if necessary. If the fluids are full, check your cooling temperature sensor.

If all else fails, another thing you can do is, try starting your Jeep from the (N) neutral position. Turn the key enough to move from park to neutral. Hold your foot on the brake while turning the key to start the ignition.

Jeep Wrangler JK Won’t Start One Click

If your Jeep won’t start and you simply hear one click, then you could have a faulty starter motor.  Again, using a voltmeter with a load function, make sure all your voltages are correct. The solenoid could have enough power to engage and feed current to the starter, but a loss of current in the ground cable or faulty battery could be causing the starter to not crank properly.

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Always diagnose your starting with the easy components first like your earth cable, corrosion around the battery terminals, and unsecured battery connections. Next move to transmission fluid levels and sensors. If all of those are fine inspect the ignition switch and battery health and then lastly move to the more expensive components like the starter and battery replacement if necessary.

Know your clicks:

No click: dead battery

Rapid clicks: Earth Ground Faulty

One-Click: Faulty Starter

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