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    Jeep is a TJ. it's been sitting for a few months so the first thing that I checked was the battery. When I turn the key... nothing. My lights and radio all work though. But no sound from the engine compartment other than the relay clicking. Thanks for your help.

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    check the grounds to teh engine block & starter.
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    the ticking sound is most likely the sylinoid, but take off your starter and have it tested at a parts store first. another trick is get a hammer and tap the side of the starter, sometimes the armeture can fowl up and tapping helps get it going again temorarly. if it isn't the starter, and if its a manual, it could be the clutch sensor, which is a saftey in other words. happy wrenching!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 19delta View Post
    the ticking sound is most likely the sylinoid, but take off your starter and have it tested at a parts store first. another trick is get a hammer and tap the side of the starter, sometimes the armeture can fowl up and tapping helps get it going again temorarly. if it isn't the starter, and if its a manual, it could be the clutch sensor, which is a saftey in other words. happy wrenching!
    x1000. I think the starter is two bolts. The hammer tapping is a two person job. One to start, one to tap. That only happened to me when I had mud in it though. I don't know what kind of condition yours has been sitting in, so I'd start with both the grounds and starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blizzard View Post
    Jeep is a TJ. it's been sitting for a few months so the first thing that I checked was the battery. When I turn the key... nothing. My lights and radio all work though. But no sound from the engine compartment other than the relay clicking. Thanks for your help.

    Ben
    Did you try jumping it. A battery can have enough juice to operate the lights and radio but not enough to turn over the eng. Or it could be dirty battery cable connections, pull the cables and sand paper the battery posts and the cable ends.

    When you try to start it do the lights go dim?
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    The ticking is definately the relay. I had a friend observe for sounds. Unfortunately it's not a standard( my fault for not saying that on the original post). And the battery is fully charged, and the lights don't dim at all. I'm going to pull the starter and take it to my local neighborhood parts store. Thanks for all the help!
    Last edited by blizzard; 07-03-2010 at 14:31.

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    Thanks to everyone for your input. it ended up being the starter. took in into get it tested and it was bad. luckily i had it there for the core charge too. Thanks again!

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    Good you got it fixed.
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