Question about 1998 Jeep Cherokee
Yah, intermittents do stink,, but that is what cars can do 1/2 the time
vast numbers of ways, in fact. (and my bailiwick, and spec. tools)
that's called a NO CRANK,
silent starter (is the starter relay (tiny) also silent??
it can just be, green battery lugs, (clean them first)
the system is simple.
1: a charged battery, (batteries can be INTERMITTENT !!!
2: good battery cables ( at this point hot wiring the starter works if)
3: starter good. (means solenoid tool)
4: key line good.
(not a seized engine, you know that)
the key line can be cheated, if car is A/T. car is it?auto/trans
my 99 XJ was 5sp stick, so.... what trans is there?
shift to neutral per operators guide,
crank now, this uses fresh contacts in the PRNDL (TRS) switch
allowing cranking to happen. (and park)
park gets worn out , SEE?
if you take a car to a mech, and its now working
he then looks for things loose or green (corroded)
and does the neutral check if savvy.
he can load test your battery.
tighten all 4 ends of battery lugs. sure can.
and if it works for him, how can he fix the real cause.? its working now.
in many shops that see NOTHING the guess.
so out comes the coin toss.
lands on Battery , try a new battery for $150
next week, , new starter.
next week , new TRS
next week new starter relay
or we can go one here, on every inch of wires failing here but you get the idea, whats up....
the best way to fix it is to do so failing with a voltmeter in your hand.
As just the average owner, just take it in, what else can you do.?
with no tools?
sure check battery lugs.
or when it dont crank, use jumper cables (call AAATow)
cranks now, then the battery is bad.(or just discharged)
that is all you can do , i bet.
some take the battery out and to a store and get it tested (called load tested for free)
other remove the starter, this is silly, before hotwiring it;
if it cranks ok hot wired, there is no need for a new starter.
the best starter tests are ON CAR tests,
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This may be a problem with the ignition switch. The ignition switch feeds power to many of the different systems- including the starting system and the dash.A low voltage output of the switch will not allow the starter relay to engergize, along with many other odd problems. A way to check this is that when it is acting up, turn the ignition key back and forth very quickly many several times, or tap and the head of the key with a small hammer. These things will normally cause a faulty ign switch to correct itself for the time being.
Posted on Nov 01, 2008
goldie try to lock and unlock the passenger door...there are disarm switches in both doors...the drivers side may have failed but the passenger side may still work...if that dont do it you may need a dealer because the module for the remote keyless entry may have faied
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
The "SPRING-BACK" Action is Originated in the Ignition Switch itself (THE ELECTRICAL SWITCH) I think that is where you should Look.
On these models, the ignition lock and ignition switch are removed as an assembly. Refer to IGNITION LOCK .
Disable airbag, refer to Air Bags and Seat Belts/Air Bags (Supplemental Restraint Systems)/Service and Repair . After procedure has been completed, rearm airbag system.
On these models, the ignition lock and ignition switch are removed as an assembly.
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Posted on Feb 12, 2009
Your ignition lock cylinder probably fell apart. They get worn out and the tumblers inside fall out and leave the cylinder inoperable. Get your lock cylinder replaced and you'll be good as new.
Posted on May 07, 2010
Hello I have simular problem the ignition on is stuck in that position with the key turned off and out of the ignition switch.It feels like the key switch is spinning freely in the ignition. Do I need an ignition switch?
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
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