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My jeep has a slow start after first start

Once it starts up it runs great. When i turn it off it will start right up - let it set for 5 - 10 min it will not start. It i try to start it - it will turn over and over. I stop for a couple seconds and try agian - starts right up!

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  • rwitham May 13, 2009


    Same problem: won't start first try no matter what, ......could crank until the battery was dead. BUT, it I immediately stopped the start, and try a 2nd time, it will always fires up, like it shoudl the first time.

    IF it's still warm or hasn't been too long, it will start as it should. If not, a lost cause. A fuel setback, ignition module problem, ignition switch issue???

    What's wrong??




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SOURCE: 1998 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 Starting Problems

If you are getting a strong odor of fuel, this is indicative of having spark or air problems. To troubleshoot the issue, first open the air box and pull out the air filter. With the airbox open, start the Jeep. If the problem seems to have cleared up, replace the air filter.

If the problem persists, you may be experiencing problems with the distributor, plugs, or wires. Depending on when the last time you replaced the plugs was, I would start there. The proper plugs will be Champion 438 or the equivilent, with .035 gap. New plugs is always a good idea every 35k miles or so, and they are only about $15 for a set. If your old plugs are block, clumpy, or blistered it will definitely cause problems, but usually bad plugs indicates another problem worth getting checked out. Careful on the #1 plug, the boot is hard to get out of there if you have A/C.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Shuts down

I would check the intake air temperature sensor

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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SOURCE: extremly slow to fill with fuel.

The fuel tank vent tube may very possibly be stopped up, kinked, or internally collapsed, thereby not allowing for displacement of air as the fuel is being introduced. hope this helps

Posted on Nov 02, 2008

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SOURCE: 1987 Jeeps starts right up but stalls after 2 seconds

Check the alternator and see what charging voltage is... anything over 14.3 volts running should be suspect. If voltage is too high, it is possible that the computer is shutting down the engine to protect itself. I don't see any connection between the fuel tank problem though, unless while doing pump, someone accidentally grounded a hot lead and didn't think any damage had been done. This makes some sense, because the battery alone will lonly put out from 12-13volts, which go lower without alternator, till it reaches a point where voltage is insufficient to operate the ignition system. This is a "shot in the dark" and will likely lower my "rating" but I don't care about that... Try checking this... at least it points you in some direction rather than flailing around!!!
good luck

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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It sounds like your new crank sensor is defective. It should be under warranty.

Posted on Sep 02, 2009

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