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Having problems starting my jeep

I took my jeep to the shop because it would not start. a brand new battey was put on it and i got it home the same thing happened. i noticed before i took it to the shop that my gages such as fuel, oil, etc were not reading after i turned the ignition key forward. the only way i was able to get it started was to kill the battery until the gages read, leave the key turned forward, and then jump it off. what could this be

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Although it seems early in life, you may have an intermittant ignition switch; we have replaced several on our varying fleet of Jeeps.
I would also invest (already have) in a code reader which can be had (on sale) for as little as $40 US at Harbor Freight or $200 from auto parts stores. Although if it is an ignition switch problem this may or may not give you a sensible code. The current generation of OBD code readers work in about any vehicle but ours is OBD II & CAN enabled which is the most advanced available.   They all come with a code translation book and some with a CD with a simple program for PCs that will look up the code for you.

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