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I have a 96 jeep cherokee se. When I turn the key all the electrics come on, but the engine won't even try to crank, as if the battery were dead. I know the battery's fine though. The lights will come on, the radio plays, the clock has the right time. What could it be?

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Check to be sure you have power going to the small wire on the starter when the key is turned to the crank position.

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Hello, There is something you can try, but we need more info about any sounds the engine makes and if the engine is cranking or completely dead when you turn the Key to Start.

If the engine does not crank, there are switches under the floor pedals for the Brake and clutch(if a stick shift). These often get hit by a wayward shoe and the switch is knocked out of position or broken. Check there and see if that's the problem. Another switch is part of a Safety device that requires your Auto Transmission to be in Park or Neutral. It should be under the dash and possibly at the bottom of your steering column.

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