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Ok so I have a 95 grand cherokee 5.2 stopped running was running fine drove it home from work then bout 2 hours later went to run to the store but wouldnt start tried jumping it didnt.work thought the battery could have given out so bought new one recently replaced the starter have been told it could be the starter cylonoid also read on a form it could be the crank shaft sensor it makes a clicking noise only once when I try to turn it over but nothing all accessories still work( lights,radio) could it.possibly be the cps or starter cylenoid? Please help
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Ok so I have a 95 grand cherokee 5.2 stopped running was running fine drove it home from work then bout 2 hours later went to run to the store but wouldnt start tried jumping it didnt.work thought the battery could have given out so bought new one recently replaced the starter have been told it could be the starter cylonoid also read on a form it could be the crank shaft sensor it makes a clicking noise only once when I try to turn it over but nothing all accessories still work( lights,radio) could it.possibly be the cps or starter cylenoid? Please help
It'll still turn over if the crank sensor is bad, it just won't spark.
If you recently replaced the starter, I'd check that first. Most "new" starters are really rebuilt ones, and often have problems. The last time I replaced one I had to return it three times before I got a good one.
Have you tried tapping on the starter itself and then starting?
Also that starter probably has some kind of warranty, I'd go trade it out before the warranty is up!(if it is indeed bad)
Here's basic info on how to check the solenoid-
http://m.wikihow.com/Test-a-Starter-Solenoid

Also check the ground wires on your power cables, make sure all the connection points are nice and shiny and corrosion free.
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Re: 1995 grand cherokee lorado

A single click sounds like the battery/charging system may not be able to dump enough amps [ a few hundred] to turn the starter. [unfortunately it also could be a bad brand new starter]

The rest of the accessories all put together can't load the battery any where near what a single turn of the starter will.

A cheap $10 voltmeter works best.. turn off the vehicle. Turn on your headlights and leave them on bright for at least 10-15 minutes. Then see if you can get the heater fan to turn on high without too much dimming of the headlights. A volts check would be good. An older battery can pick up a skin effect charge that is good enough for most everything else, but may not be able to start.

Take all battery posts off and clean them to shiny [a cheap battery tool works best] and then tighten them down thoroughly. Follow the ground from the battery to the chassis and pull it, polish both sides carefully to bare metal and replace, tightening carefully.

Double check the connects at the starter to make sure they are very tight.

Note that whacking the starter with a sears screwdriver can help, but mainly it helps your attitude.

Across the battery terminals, you really want at least 11.5 to 11.7 volts.
Over 12.3 is even better. If that drops to much below 11.5 after 10 minutes of lights on, the battery should be checked... even premium batteries can go out after 5 years, cheaper ones sooner.

Watch out, mopar alternators can fail to a mode where you see battery voltages above 14. That will cook the battery-is usually an open diode in the alternator.
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