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93 GC Sport - bridging the starter


 
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connor
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: 93 GC Sport - bridging the starter Reply with quote

hey folks,

first time poster so bear with me. I have a '93 Cherokee sport 4.0L that up until recently has been running well, and I've been slowly learning the basics on how to maintain it.

But now it won't start.. I turn the key and the starter doesn't go, I hear a clicking sound (coming from the solenoid by my guess). Tried a boost a few times with no luck, accessories come on no problem. Now I have my Hayes manual which tells me that, due to these circumstances it is likely either the starter, solenoid, ignition relay or bad wiring.

When the problem happened I wasn't in my driveway, so I ended up getting it towed to my mechanic. The problem is, my mechanic is extremely busy and kind of a jerk, and it's been sitting in his lot for a week. Every time I go in to see what's up, he tells me "maybe i'll look at it today" ugh. Confused

Anyway, what I'm thinking is that if it is just the starter/solenoid I can likely relpace these myself, but I can't very well work on it in the guy's parking lot, so I want to try to bridge the starter or solenoid so that I can get it running, to drive it home. My manual (and various other people) have told me that I can run a lead from the battery to the starter, or solenoid, or somehow use a screwdriver to jump it, which I would like to try but i am not sure how to do it, and don't want to do any damage.

Can anyone explain this trick to me? Specifically how to do it on the 93 cherokee would be awesome. I'd really appreciate the help.

Thanks!
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TheBrat97
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short the two terminals on the solenoid with a screwdriver and the engine should knock. It should turn over by key if it works.
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connor
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool thanks, i'll give that a try.

Should the key be on run when I short it?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah sorry I forgot to mention that
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JeepinNH
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:36 am    Post subject: starter Reply with quote

Sounds like it's time for a new mechanic. Sometimes tapping on a bad starter will get it to work if it has a dead spot. If it's all oily then the brushes inside are probably toast from the oil.
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connor
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It IS time for a new mechanic. he finally looked at it after two weeks, said that it is the starter and he wants $450 for the part plus labour. what a joke!!

I'm never bringing business to this guy again.
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