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Hi everyone.

Firstly, vehicle details, 2007 Compass Sport; 2.4 inline4, 5 speed manual, front wheel drive.

So, my issue is I'll be driving along normally and without warning this very loud squeeling sound starts under the hood. The first time it happened, I had no idea what was going on and thought it was just a belt or pulley.

As it turns out, it was actually the starter motor that was being forced to continuously turn over (as though it was starting the motor) and I suppose it simply burnt itself out. Massive amount of smoke under the hood.

I had it towed to the dealership and paid nearly $600 for a new starter and associated labour.

Second time this happened, was about 7 weeks after, exactly the same situation. I managed to get it off the road this time and turn the ignition off.

Even with the key removed from the ignition the starter motor continued to turn over until it burned itself out. This time the part and repair was covered under warranty.

The third time was this morning, about 7 weeks after the second time.

As soon as I heard it happening I pulled over to the shoulder of the highway and turned the motor off. Again, the starter motor continued cranking. I called the tow truck company and waited. After a few minutes, out of curiousity, I decided to try starting the motor and it turned over as usual and I drove myself to work. At lunch I drove around a few minutes and nothing happened. On my way home, it ran as usual. :dunno:

What the hell is happening here?! :mad::mad::mad:

I absolutely hate to drive in a vehicle I cannot trust. I feel like pushing this thing into a lake. :mad:
 

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I have the same issue

2007 Jeep Compass 2.4 5-speed manual 4WD/AWD

I've had the starter replaced three times. Just like you described, it was a squeal like a belt or something and if you manage to turn it off it will continue to turn the engine with the key out. I've considered running a hard wired battery switch just to kill it before the starter burns out.

If I ever figure it out, I'll post it here. And if you figure it out, please post back.
 

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2007 Jeep Compass 2.4 5-speed manual 4WD/AWD

I've had the starter replaced three times. Just like you described, it was a squeal like a belt or something and if you manage to turn it off it will continue to turn the engine with the key out. I've considered running a hard wired battery switch just to kill it before the starter burns out.

If I ever figure it out, I'll post it here. And if you figure it out, please post back.
Oh gladly!

This is just ridiculous. After I left it sitting on the highway for a few minutes it started up and drove normally. This evening I took mine out to see if I could get the same result. I drove the hell out of it with all manner of accessories running. Drove normally.

This can't be a mechanical issue with the starter motor. Must be electrical. I've been hearing it has to do with a faulty TIPM (total integration power module).

I'll consider replacing it, but it's expensive!

How do you hardwire a kill switch? I'd do that. I don't want yet another tow truck and lost time.
 

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clearly the dealership address the resulting fault and did not investigate what caused it. I appears like the 2nd time as well. I'd inspect the harness under the hood if its rubbing somewhere and/or out of it secured position. Corrosion can cause weird things to happen as well as bad grounds. Its not the time of year to be doing a lot with wiring since its all stiff from the cold we're having.

I would expect it to happen more often if the TIPM was defective. They are expensive as I have been through a handful of them under warranty. Thankfully!!
 
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