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Jeep making clicking noise but won't start

At first I thought it was bad battery. So I changed battery and was able to start Jeep right away. After it set for a week Jeep died again. I thought this time that something drawing power from the battery while it's not used. Today, I disconnected esway bar, put new posts and tried to jump it from my wife's car, but no. I hear same noise as it about to start, but does not have enough juice on the battery(yes I gave it a gas and time to juce up the battery). Interesting thing though, when it was disabled and I was sure my battery is dead, it would give the full door light, chirps, and fully illuminate dash board.
So now, I am confused what could it be? If it's a bad starter, why changing to new battery helped it first time?
It's almost sound like some sort of security system cuts it out, but being the only owner of the Jeep, I know there is no security system installed.
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Run a second ground cable. It fixed mine up when I had that problem!

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Run a second ground cable. It fixed mine up when I had that problem!
Shoot, that is exactly what dealer told me this morning. However, I don't quite understand what does it mean "run a second ground cable"? Do I just split the negative cable and run one of the splits to the frame?
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Quick update.
This morning I called tow truck to flat bad my jeep to the dealer. Instead of towing the jeep, the guy did a triple crank (very fast one) and jeep started!. So I drove jeep to the dealer. At the dealership I shut it down and tried to start it again and heck, it starts no problem, I did it again and it starts no problem.
All sounds like battery, but then again, my battery is new, all the lights were working fine, even headlight worked no problem, but I could not start the jeep. I am sure if it stays for a little I wont be able to start it again, without putting some sort of fix like second ground cable.
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Auto, or manual?

If auto, put Jeep in neutral and try to start.
I have to tap my shifter up towards park to get it to start sometimes. Other people just put in Neutral and she starts right up.

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Auto, or manual?

If auto, put Jeep in neutral and try to start.
I have to tap my shifter up towards park to get it to start sometimes. Other people just put in Neutral and she starts right up.
Auto. I never had this problem before, what would cause it to all of a sudden act up on a start up? I will try neutral if dealership don't find the issue with it.
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Dealer installed second ground wire. He said its a known issue and did it under extended warranty.
Jeep looks to be starting up now. We'll see if it still going to be starting up in a week.
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Do a search for transmission range sensor. That should give you a good understanding of an all too common issue.
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Post Gear Shifter

I have to push forward a little on my shifter about 1/2 of the time to get it to start. I like the ground wire idea, but I'm not sure where to run it to.

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I picked up (2) 4 gauge battery cables. I ran one from the battery to the 8mm x 1.25 hole in the front of the left cylinder head and the other to the ground lug on the left fender. I have not had a single starting problem since.

It's been one week and still not one starting issue. I'm feeling very fixed. Who knew it was that easy!

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according to this conversation I think you should install the security system in it.
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I ran it from the battery negative to the alternator bracket. The bolt on top.

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