Originally Posted by ebattleon
I would also look at the srarter solenoid, it may need servicing, or the so called "clicky starter fix".
The "Clicky Starter Fix" is commonly used on Samurai/Sierras.
The diagnosis is that the current flow from the Ignition switch to the starter relay is no longer strong enough to activate the starter relay or the starter relay is going bad.
Most of the time - on a Samurai/Sierra at least - the problem turns out to be the lack of current-carrying capacity of the 20+ year-old wiring harness. With age the copper wire gets corroded and loses the capacity to pass sufficient current.
The "Clicky Starter Fix" solution inserts a relay between the ignition switch starter wire and the starter solenoid. Thus a small current closes the "CSF relay" which provides ample current to the starter solenoid.
What does this mean for your Jimny?
If your Jimny is an older model that has spent most of it's life out-of-doors or has been driven in water, it might be a candidate for a "Clicky Starter Fix".
If you replace the starter motor/starter solenoid assembly and the problem persists, your Jimny is more likely a candidate for a "Clicky Starter Fix".
Before you go and spend money on a starter or a "Clicky Starter Fix", I would check to make sure that the starter is properly grounded. Use a multimeter set to Volts DC and measure from the Positive connector on the battery to the case on the starter. If it displays a significantly lower value than a measurement between the + and - connectors on the battery, remove the starter and thoroughly clean the grease off the area where it is bolted on to improve the ground path. Also clean up where the ground strap on the engine is attached.
If the above work is beyond your ability, have a mechanic do it. Tell him/her you are concerned that the starter or engine - or both - is not properly grounded.
I hope that this helps!
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