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1998 jeep cherokee turns over/ no start. broken serpentine

Driving home the other night, felt like i lost power steering, didnt think anything of it. 4-5 miles later, it started running rough . looked at guages. wasnt hot, but i realized what happened. serpentine belt broke. jeep died. towed it home, put on new belt, now it turns over ( sounds weak but have used 3 different batteries, all tested good ) oil does not look milky,this wouldnt be a head gasket issue???? i've read about crank position sensor being the culprit, any way to check this? any other insight. all help is appreciated.

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  • thomkatt Dec 06, 2008

    yeah, i am getting spark to my plugs ( ask my brother in law, it was in his hand,lol ) ... when i pulled the plugs, they were wet, im so im pretty sure i am getting fuel, but i will try spraying some starting fluid down intake to test that theory. i would actually be happy if it was something as simple as my fuel pump relay. but i have a feeling im not that lucky.

    all the guages seem to work fine i my jeep.

    remote start tries to turn it over. but to no avail.

  • thomkatt Dec 06, 2008

    i did pull them and clean them all. 4 pretty good, 2 were a little gunky. will look into adjusting timing. thanks for all the help man. im at a point whee i had to step away and just think about it.



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If you are getting fire to the plgs its not the cranksaft sensor...if you arent getting fire you need to replace it they are simple to replace on the jeeps. took my son 5 minutes to change one out

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  • Ronnie Houston Dec 06, 2008

    take the plugs out and clean all of them and put them back..if you are getting that much gas on them then you are flooding the engine. and if youre getting gas then its not your fuel pump or pump relay. you may have thrown your timing off when the belt broke so look into that as well.


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My 1988 jeep cherokee started to run rough it was leaking anitifrezze out of the resavor then the power stearing got tight i took at the motor my belt came off....steal runs what could make that happen i just got the jeep like a week ago

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