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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee starter clicks but will not start

tebertsteberts Posts: 18
edited June 2015 in Jeep
My 2005 JGC has 25K and when I turn the key it clicks but does nto start. I tried jumping but that does not work and it seem to have plenty of power. I f I sit and turn the key 10 times it might turn over and start. Runs fine but this is getting worse. Battery cables are not corroded at all. All looks good. Please help as it is out of warranty.

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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    It could be a bad ignition coil.

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  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    does the engine turn over when the starter clicks ?
    if not could be the starter solonide
  • tebertsteberts Posts: 18
    Sometimes. Usually just the click and nothing. Sometimes if I turn the key a few times it will then turnover and start right away and run fine.
  • my 2000 jeep grand cherokee limited V8 4wd just stopped starting yesterday. When i turn my key all i get is the "click" from the starter. I replaced the starter, and cleaned my battery terminals and still the same thing. What else could it be??
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    could also be the starter relay in the elec box on the fender cover tell where the relay is
    if that is ok then starter solonide is bad and need to replace starter
  • tebertsteberts Posts: 18
    I am oretty sure it was the solenoid that caused my problem. The repair place said they had to install a complete starter and not just a solenoid. Not sure if that is true but it does run fine now. I did get the starter myself and saved $200 over what the repair shop wanted for the starter and I bought mine from a dealer! Works fine now.
  • ">Everyone try this first! I had this problem and did this to come to the conclusion I had a faulty wire....

    ....anyways the first and second pic show where to look and the third is the bundle of wires that you wiggle. My advice is to have someone turn your key in the start position and while keeping your key turned as if you were trying to start it, wiggle that bundle of wires and if it starts than you know that this is your problem. If it still wont start, continue wiggling wires nearby until your jeep starts than you know which wire is at fault. Unfortunatly I cannot upload photos, so email me if you would like pics.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    If you set up your CarSpace page you can park your photos there.

  • Mike Bergman, Can you please send me a photo of those wires as well? I have a Jeep GC 2005 with the 5.7 and am experiencing exactly the same symptoms described here of turning the key and getting a click and sometimes it would start but the last 10 times I only get a click. I checked my battery and it is 100% charged. My email is p-h at
  • In 2006 at about 30,000 miles I had this issue and took it to the dealership. They replaced the battery and told me it was bad. The problem returned in 2007 at 37,000 miles less than 1 year later and when I contacted the dealership they would not warranty the battery so I took it to a local shop where they tested the Battery and it was fine. It ended up being the Starter and $600 later it was replaced. I believe that there is an issue with the original starters used on these vehicles.
  • rkh49rkh49 Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Jeep GC with the same problem. Would you please send me the same photos?
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    what size engine i have a4.7 with 187000 miles before the starter needed to be changed
  • My jeep is having trouble on the start up. It has not failed to start ever though - just is having trouble. I put the key in the ignition and it starts with the normal sound that cars make when turning on. That general rhythm of... click click click and then usually walla. But instead of finishing, it just keeps going click click click... Then I stop holding the key forward in the ignition, let the key back to the normal starting position (as if i have just put it in the ignition) and try again. Only and always on the second attempt it starts right up. And the second start up is not a week wounded sounding start up, it is a flawless start up - not quite the jet engine start up that one gets when the starter has just been replaced, but the start up that you get after the starter and or car is a year or two old old.
    I want to solve this problem before i have to replace something major, I suspect it maybe the sparkplugs, if not the alternator or starter. Any ideas?
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    how old is the battery if year or two or three i would change the battery as winter is here and if older could be getting bad the cranking amps get lower and that will cause hard starting
  • hi Mike, sounds like I may have the same issue as you! Can you email me the picts please? Thanks
  • jeep2500jeep2500 Posts: 1
    hey i have the same problem..send me the pictures
  • dixie1994dixie1994 Posts: 4
    Try changing the starter relay in the distribution center under the hood. I had the same problem in my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the starter relay was bad. And Dodge found out there was a wire between the distribution box and the ecm was broke. So they ran a ground wire from fuse box under the hood to the neg termenal to the battery and it solved my problem. I hope this helps sense there is such a gap in the years. :sick:
  • dixie1994dixie1994 Posts: 4
    I had overdrive before Dodge changed my nuteral safty switch, now i don't have overdrive. What could be the problem? The fluid is full. :cry:
  • banana5banana5 Posts: 2
    I am having a problem with the click click of the starter on a 2005 Jeep Cherokee Limited. It would start sometimes after several attempts. Now no start just clicks. Funny thing, I noticed this after using a cigarette lighter charger for my phone, after connecting this problem I unplugged the charger. now some 6 months later I used a charger again and wham! I now have this starting problem??!! Any connection to a wiring problem??
  • larchavelarchave Posts: 19
    WHEN THAT HAPPENS, TURN YOU KEY PUT YOUR CAR INTO DRIVE ThEN BAcK INTO PARK AND IT SHOULD START. Mine does the same thing, for some reason the computer doesn't notice it's in park and won't start. try it and see
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