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Re: 98 Wranger Won\'t Start: No sound from the starter.
has the starter ever been under water?
if so, the brushes are probably stuck.
those starters are really easy to rebuild. pull it out and unbolt the wire that goes from the solenoid to the motor. next, take the hex bolts out of the end cap of the motor and unthread the phillips bolts from the endcap. pull the endcap off. i then removed the brush-holder and brushes and cleaned the copper contacts with a piece of scotch-brite. then i used PB Blaster to free the brushes, cleaned everything really well with electrical contact cleaner, and put a little antisieze on the SIDES of the brushes (NOT THE END).
reassemble and test. mine works much better than before. if you really want to dig into it, pull the motor off the aluminum housing (watch out for the little ball bearing), clean the gear reduction pieces and put new grease on them.