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96 cherokee key starts car but when you let go of key car stops

If you hold the key in on position engine stays running,but the starter is still ingaged.

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Check the ignition switch for proper adjustment and operation. Switch is above the column (attached to it) under the dash...sometimes easier to reach if you drop the column. (don't remove it, just take out the bolts that hold it to the dash)

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