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Jeep not turning over....sometimes..?!

My Jeep Cherokee Sport will start without problem about 30% of the time.  The rest of the time when you turn the ignition, it suddenly and abruptly stops as soon as it hits the starter, before it has a chance to turn over.  It has been suggested that this could be caused by an alarm system wired into the starter that is preventing it, but it seems that if that were the case, it would never start..?  What else could be causing this?  Vapor lock a possibility?  If so, how could I find that out?

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  • doppsy Jan 07, 2009

    It doesn't start. The engine sounds like it is going to start but instead it is like a giant hand reaches in and stops it just as it is going to start. 

  • doppsy Jan 10, 2009

    Thank you for your suggestions. Haven't had a chance to try either solution, my dad died and have been busy with arrangements. I really appreciate the help though. 



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It sounds like your starter is getting ready to die completely. After disconnecting the battery, take off the starter and have it tested.
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Are you saying that the starter wont turn over the engine? or does the engine stall soon after starting? ill need more info to get a better idea of whats going on. im a certified jeep/chrysler/dodge tech and can probably give you a good educated guess

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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    Ernest Stalker Jan 07, 2009

    Well with 4.0L cherokee's if the battery voltage is low or the battery died at one point in time the idle air control valve loses its memory of where it is supposed to be and the result it either i almost start or a start then stall immediatly. try starting it while pumping the gas pedal slowly. if it starts up you need to try to keep it going by keeping you foot on the gas just enough to keep it from stalling. usually after about 5 mins of this the IAC relearns its positon ands its good from then on. It could also be a faulty Throttle position sensor i have seen them cause similar problems on the 4.0L. but give that a try and let me know what happens



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