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Jeep won't start. No mechanic has been able to solve

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May 9, 2012, 7:48 PM

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Jeep won't start. No mechanic has been able to solve Sign In

Hello, I drive a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 5.2L V8 4X4.

The jeep randomly won't start. But i mean very random. When i try to start it, it makes a single click noise but does not attempt any turn over. If i stop there and don't try to restart it then i can wait a bit and try again. Maybe it will start then maybe it won't. If i try three times and it hasn't started then the battery is too dead and i have to charge and try again. Eventually it randomly starts. I do nothing extra to it except maybe recharge it but sometimes i don't even have to do this. This problem can happen twice in one week or once in two months. One time it happened just after turning off the car and the other when it had been seating for two days. The battery connections are as tight as tight can be and again, i don't have to interfere or "fix" anything to get it to start again. I've tried switching the gear to neutral. I've tried moving the steering wheel. Nothing seems to correlate to making it start. It's completely random. Two auto repair places have tested the starter and said it was fine and said they couldn't fix it.

Plot thickens... I took it to Autozone and they said i had bad battery. So i took the battery to Wal-Mart because it was not very old and they said the battery was fine and wouldn't take it back. So then i took the car to O' Reilly's and they said the alternator tested bad. I don't think alternator is the problem because it continues to charge at just under 14v and the battery isn't dead when it initially won't start. Also the car doesn't die after driving for long periods of time like you would expect with a bad alternator.

Anyone got any ideas? please help

Hammer Time
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May 10, 2012, 3:32 AM

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Re: Jeep won't start. No mechanic has been able to solve Sign In

The bottom line is that if the problem is present when the tech examines it, then the problem can be easily found but if the symptom cannot be duplicated, then it cannot be accurately diagnosed by anybody.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

New User

May 10, 2012, 10:29 AM

Post #3 of 4 (1751 views)
Re: Jeep won't start. No mechanic has been able to solve Sign In

well good news. I thought it over and decided i didn't care what Wal-Mart said i had a bad battery. So i went to wal-mart and when they sent me to the back to have it checked I thanked the guy in the back kindly then walked up front and told them "yep, i had it checked" leaving out that the guy said it was a good battery. They replaced the battery with a new one and the car started right up and it is starting up much stronger all together now (it used to have a little lag when starting) . I've also noticed the windows and power locks are much more responsive as compared to before (and i'm talking about with the car running). I'm confident i will not have this issue again. thanks for the replies everyone.

Tom Greenleaf
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May 11, 2012, 6:02 AM

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Re: Jeep won't start. No mechanic has been able to solve Sign In

Never here to bash anyone as there are great techs at any place. Walmart is not one of the favs and they don't do any work in this state! MA.


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