It takes me a few times of turning the key to start the engine. once it is on, the car runs fine so im guessing its the ignition switch. if this is the case, is this an easy fix? any instructions on how to change it would be great.
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Sounds like you're starting at the expensive end and working backwards! First, check your battery, make sure it has a good charge. Second step is the starter solenoid. Some designs have external solenoids, some are internal. Third is the starter itself. Once you are sure all that stuff is good, THEN it's time to start looking for the neutral safety switch.
The check engine light is meaningless when the engine is not running.
The in tank fuel pumps on these vehicles have check valves to hold fuel pressure. possible bad fuel pump check valve, Try turning the key to the on position three or four times to let fuel pressure build up and then see if it starts easier
First, make sure you can turn the engine by hand. If you can't then the starter can't turn it either. Have someone else turn the key and look for the source of the click...may be a relay. Go over the starting circuit with a volt meter. Check for power at the starter main terminal and then with the key turned to "start" check for power at the trigger terminal on the starter. Check battery voltage and check relay operation. You have a neutral safety switch on the transmission if its an automatic and a clutch switch if it's a stick. Check them as well. Make sure battery grounding on fender and block are also clean and secure.
No spark. I have changed out the distributor cap, rotor, wiring from coil to cap, and coil was replaced. I checked the distibutor by turning ignition key and observing the rotor turn. What else can I check. I did not observe a module.
see i you have any codes may be a temp sensor if you dont have a code reader you can still get the codes by putting key in ignition turning it on but not starting it 3 times after the third time the engine light will blink a series of times like morse code. be perpared to jot down the number of blinks the ligh gives of there should be a slight paulse between codes, there also is usually a start and end code thsi may take a few time to get it ..once you have the numbers you can google the code and find the problem googleex (Jeep trouble code 55) you can use this trick on any chrysler car from 80 on up possibly earlier.