why is my starter not disengaging after the vehicle is running?


Asked by Dec 05, 2015 at 06:45 PM about the 1979 Jeep CJ5

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 1979 jeep cj5 on 38's with a 360 v8. Yesterday i was driving to
school and the jeep acted like it was running out of gas, sputtering very
bad. I pulled in the gas station and it only took two dollars in gas and it was
full again. Then i went to crank it up and it wouldn't start. So i went and
bought a new starter and solenoid, I even tested the battery and it was fine.
This morning i went to try and jump it off and the starter kept running after
the jeep was cut on. The started never disengaged from my fly wheel. Took
the starter off the make sure it wasn't grinned up and it was okay. Placed
the starter back on and the jeep will not crank up the starter just makes a
terrible noise. do you think that the jeep jumped time and the timing is off?

4 Answers


The starter solenoid is probably stuck on. I suspect that terrible noise you hear is the teeth on the flywheel being ground off. You may have to have the transmission pulled and a new flywheel gear installed. If you pull the starter, take a look at the flywheel gear teeth.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

You may want to check the igintion switch,sounds like it may be what is bad.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

And all so agree with Fullofregrets.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

Same here. Good call guys. And Good evening

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Why will my 81 cj5 only go into gear when not running? 1 answer

    Jeep ran fine before we replaced the engine. Engine now runs fine but when the guys backed it out of the garage to take for a test drive it somehow got turned off (I don't remember if it shut off o...

    1981 Jeep CJ5


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why do I seem to keep replacing my engine or having engine problems. This is the second engine I have had to replace within 2 years of ownership 5 answers

    I have the inline 6 258 with an electric fuel pump pushing 7-9 psi to my holly 2 barrel carburetor. I keep the maintenance on this vehicle top knotched but now I just thought I had an exhaust lea...

    1979 Jeep CJ5


    Maintenance & Repair

  • wiring issue!?! 1 answer

    I just bought a 77 cj5. The tail lights need some work. The previous owner installed two new light assemblies. Well needless to say it wasn't done right. I spent 2 hours trying to fix the mess. But ...

    1977 Jeep CJ5


    Maintenance & Repair

  • distributer 2 answers

    My brother and I are rebuilding a 1974 cj5 with a 304cm 5.0L V8 engine. We took the distributor out and was going to replace it and once we got it in, the jeep wouldn't start. Does anyone have any ad...

    1974 Jeep CJ5


    Maintenance & Repair

  • How do I disengage Part time 4 wheel drive? 1 answer

    How do I disengage Part time 4 wheel drive? I engaged my part time 4 wheel drive and I don't know how to get it back to two wheel drive.

    1992 Jeep Cherokee


    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used CJ5 in your area?

CarGurus has 23 nationwide CJ5 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Jeep CJ5 Questions

Jeep CJ5 Experts

#1 tennisshoes
Reputation 90
#2 Full_of_Regrets
Reputation 80
#2 FordNut
Reputation 80
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep CJ7"
14 listings
Used Jeep Cherokee"
368 Great Deals out of 53,138 listings starting at $1,900
Used Ford Bronco"
214 listings
Used Chevrolet Corvette"
431 Great Deals out of 20,238 listings starting at $3,688

Used Cars For Sale