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May 21, 2013, 2:47 PM

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I'm working on a friends car. He recently bought a 99 cherokee Corrado and it cranked and ran fine the first few days. Yesterday the starter stopped working and it took it out and took it to Park's Auto and they tested it, it was shot.

So we bought a new started and I installed it and it click loudly and rapidly like it wasn't engaging the flywheel properly. The battery is brand new and reason 13 volts almost 14. Before the old one went out it was working fine. When it went out, it locked up and was doing nothing. I took the new starter back and got it tested and it was good as gold. After checking that I didn't make a mistake installing it, checking the new starter, and checking the power to it, I'm at a loss for where to go next. Any good ideas?


May 21, 2013, 2:54 PM

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Try charging or boosting the battery.

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May 24, 2013, 6:54 PM

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Well I was reading 12 - 13 volts at the battery, at the terminals on the starter, and on the battery gauge on,the dash. But the sound was it not engaging properly due to not enough power. So I check the wiring and everything looks great. I get to the battery, brand new battery, brand new terminal on the pos. Wire. So I go to the negative and aside from a tiny but of rust on top, it looked pretty clean. Probably why the person who changed it on the pos. Didn't change it on the neg. So at this point.t, there's power to everything needing power, only thing left, bad ground. And looks can be deceiving, man I took that terminal, which was not even tightened snugg to the battery post, and took those wires out of it. I'm suprised it ever started the first time before the starter went bad. It was crusted an eighth inch of rust and corrosion. The wires were even worse. They were solid from all of the corrosion embedded in it. So just for good measure I went all out. Wire battery post cleaner, took the brush end and got the inside of the new positive terminal, put a new negative terminal on, all after cleaning the bejesus out of all of the wires till they were corrosion free and back to being stranded wire instead of a clump of corrosion.. I have honestly never seen it this bad before but I am kinda green. So I hook everything up and put my tools aside. Go to crank it...purrs like a lion.

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May 24, 2013, 6:57 PM

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Glad to hear you found it.

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