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What are the odds?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by SHANK, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Mar 15, 2011
    SHANK

    SHANK Member

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    I replaced a worn positive battery cable yesterday and then did some mild wheelin'. Parked the Jeep overnight, went to start it this morning and clickclickclickclick...:rofl:

    Battery is fully charged with clean posts, good connection on pos and neg sides. Still clicking. Put new starter solenoid on...still clicking.

    It's rather ironic this happens after I changed a cable and everything was fine before.

    Could it be my starter? Do I need to triple check my connections and put the battery on charge for the heck of it...(it shows 12.6v on the meter).
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011
    DrDanteIII

    DrDanteIII Master Procrastinator

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    check connections. tighten everything.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2011
    0IIII0

    0IIII0 Nibblin' on sponge cake..

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    Yeah, check the bolts holding the starter on the fly wheel. I went to have the CJ emissions tested a few years back and when she got on the rollers, there was some clicking....then a BLLLANNK!!! The starter fell out of the jeep. :( I guess wheeling can do that once in a while.
     
  4. Mar 17, 2011
    SHANK

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    Update: Problem ended up being a bad battery. Even though it was showing 12v and showed no other symptoms. ( I did not check amps) I was surprised it failed so quickly.

    I was thrown when the problem originated after I changed the positive cable. A buddy said I probably loosened a bad post by wiggling the connectors to get them off and that was the end of the battery and I do remember smelling sulfur when the solenoid was clicking. A new battery did the trick and I'm back on the road.

    Thanks for the input
     
  5. Mar 17, 2011
    pete72

    pete72 Retro Aficionado

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    Don't you hate it when coincidences like that happen. Bet you're also hating the cost of a new battery. I know I was shocked when I bought my last battery.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2011
    SHANK

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    lol... yeah, it stinks especially when you're mechanically challenged like me!

    Someone did mention to check the amps, and if I had followed that advice, I would have known sooner. But still....I've never had a battery just flat-out fail like that.

    The good news? A friend had a new battery from a car he just sold...got it for free! :beer:

    Hey Pete...I was going to send you a pic of my jack, right?
     
  7. Mar 19, 2011
    Posimoto

    Posimoto Hopeless JEEP Addict

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    12 volts is low anyhow. Fully charged battery should be at least 13.5
     
  8. Mar 19, 2011
    SHANK

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    Thanks for the info Posi...
     
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