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Ok...so i have 1987 Jeep Cherokee. 4.0L manual transmission..etc.. it used to crank for a little while and then fire right up, however, now it just will crank and crank and crank and never turn over! what on earth do i do? it's not the battery for sure..how can i troubleshoot this problem?

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Try starting with the cam shaft possition sensor. Had one go out on my wrangler it did the same thing. It is located in th distributor assembly. Costs around $150 and can only be obtained from the dealership as far as I know. Hope this helps!

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Extended cranking is the first sign of a fuel problem. Either the fuel pump is now not working or you have a leaking injector, bleeding off pressure. if plugs have wet fuel on them look at injectors. If engine briefly starts when you spray carb cleaner into throttle body look to the pump or filter. Once fuel system has been checked, look for spark. If none, find out why.

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