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I have a 1991 jeep cherokee that recently started having random problems when accelerating, it's idle starts fluxuating and it spits and sputters and bucks, before it finally wants to go. Also it randomly is not starting, sometimes I hear the power come on and fuel pump engage and sometimes I don't when I am trying to start it at this time. It will then start in about 15 to 20 minutes. Any ideas?

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First, check ignition system...cap, rotor, wires & coil. You may have some arcing going on there. If plugs are not recent, take a look at them as well...even if they are good, they can often tell you which cylinders are having a problem (wet with fuel, heavy deposits or just "different" from the rest) You may not hear the fuel pump come on all the time if the pressure in the line is not bleeding down. I would take a look at the relay first (power in & out). If fuel filter is more than 1yr old change that. (routine maintenance regardless of problems) Pressure test system if in doubt. Make sure idle air system is clean and do a quick test on crank sensor (a known problem area). likely something here will get you going.

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