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HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

My 2004 grand Cherokee doesn't start sometimes and had a bizarre faint clicking noise around the steering column. I took the dash apart and found a round almost bulb like mechanism right under the steering wheel.

The bulb is the culprit and I was wondering if it was a component of he security system. I disconnected the battery and this little sucker is still blinking and clicking. I believe this is the reason why my Jeep won't start. It has a red/black wire and a yellow wire feeding into its housing.


Can anyone drop some knowledge on me? I'm no mechanic but this has got to be the problem. It also makes the gauges on the dash go crazy. Video attached for reference.

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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

Time for a trip to the 'Stealer' . . .
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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

Take a pic of it..
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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

No video found. The way you described it makes me think its something aftermarket. Also that it continues making noises with the battery disconnected makes me think its some kind of aftermarket alarm with its own power supply. A picture of it would certainly help.
The only round part i can think of is the SKIM antenna, which should sit around the ignition key cylinder, but it doesn´t look like a bulb.
Be aware that a weak battery can cause strange noises from relay´s and strange behaviour of the instruments, so check that out as well. Does the starter motor crank the engine with force, or does it crank slowly or not at all?
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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

Does it have a blue blinking bulb? Do u have the Omega Alarm? Mine is clicking(like the blinker is on, but it's not) inside the Omega Control Box/Relay/Module..THINGY..I have some right side blinker, tail light issues too..They don't even flash when I Lock/set alarm..the other 3 do blink though..I already replaced the Flasher Multi Function Relay, so I'm thinking the alarm relay may be a contributor to my probs..Any Input from any of you guys MUCH Appreciated..Thanks, Charles
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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

Check your Battery. I recently had a similar problem and it turned out to be the battery. I replaced it with the biggest battery I could find. Interstate Mega Tron Plus. 1000 CA, 850 CCA.
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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

A weak battery can make for some real interesting and strange operation of gauges, lights and clickity-clacking of relays... even after turning the ignition switch off.
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Re: HELP! Jeep won't start!! Clicking noise under steering wheel.

Yeah Man, I just got a brand new 850CCA..no help w/ this issue though..Just missing the left turn signals, hazards(all of them) and this ticking from the Omega Alarm Module(sounds just like a blinker)..but it's not..STRANGE..ugh..
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