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Delay in Start on 2000 Grand Cherokee Ltd 4.7 engine

When you turn the key sometimes there is a several second delay before the starter begins to spin and engage. Battery and all power indicators are normal. Connections on starter are clean and tight. I exchanged the starter relay located in the engine bay fuse box with another of the same #. I have also removed the steering column housing and cleaned the key switch system with electrical cleaner. The problem still exists. Is this the starter solenoid or a security key issue ? Thanks, Bill

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To check the solenoid internal contact, you'd need to remove the starter and remove the solenoid cover. Inside you will find a brass wheel that contacts the positive battery lug. You can remove the wheel and reverse it and turn the lug 180 degrees, providing new contact surfaces. Seems that you've done just about everything else. You can also use a test light attaching it at different points to find where the actual delay is occurring. Normally security will allow cranking but will not allow starting.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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