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My 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a hard time starting after I tow my Mini Light travel trailer in hot weather. What is causing it?

I can drive my Jeep from rest area to rest area and when it's hot outside if I go to trun off the engine it doesn't want to start right up. I can let it sit for awhile and then it will start. If I let it run then it's OK. It never over heats. This happened a couple years ago when going through Kansas when it was 103-107 degrees. Also it happened this year in Missouri when it was in the upper 80's.

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    Jerome Minks Jan 20, 2013

    I remember this being an issue when I was a kid and the family would take trips in our 59 ford wagon, pulling a fishing boat loaded with camping gear or our box trailer and the same boat on the roof upside was funny to see the car out on the road loaded like that...good mluck..

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    dcc1353 Jan 20, 2013

    Your comment just made me put my thinking cap on. When I was younger I restored a 1946 Ford Pickup and I would be driving along during the summer and all of a sudden I would be on the side of the road. It was a vapor lock in the fuel line or fuel pump. Bring back old memories.



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Since this is an older vehicle it is subject to a condition known as vapor lock,,sometimes when traveling in hot climates pulling a trailer, you need to open the hood slightly for all that built up heat to disipate because heat rises..if the hood is kept closed it wont escape letting the engine cool down is a good idea anyway when pulling the trailer..(but only when parked) cheaper fuels will "vapor off " when extremely hot and cause this if its not an inconvienience youn either take the break and wait it out or dont shut the vehicle off but slightly open the hood and let that heat out..

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    dcc1353 Jan 20, 2013

    I never thought about that at all. When we were in Kansas and it was so hot shutting the engine off was not an option. We would have cooked with the heat bouncing off the black top. All I can say is what you have told me makes a lot of sense. Thanks, Debbie


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Solenoid is probably overheating, or positive lead to starter is loose, if so, tighten it. You may want to replace starter.

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    dcc1353 Jan 20, 2013

    Thanks David. The next time I take it in for a service call I will have them check it out. I knew a David Littlefield in high school who was very good with fast cars. You arn't from around the St. Louis area are you?



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