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1996 jeep grand cherokee has no power nothing turns over and every auto mechanic has claimed good battery, starter, etc any ideas

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First check fuse 3 in the engine compartment fuse box.

If fuse is good, next (assuming you have an automatic trans) try moving the shifter while you hold your foot on the brake and the key in the start position. This is a check on the adjustment of the safety interlock. If this doesn't work, you might also want to try shorting the terminals in the interlock by pulling the connector off and putting a paper clip in the connector terminal and shorting it to ground. This will tell you if the switch is completely dead.

If none of that works, check the relay in the engine compartment relay box by the battery. Does it click when someone turns the key to start? If not, pull out the relay and interrogate the socket for the command signal from the ignition switch (see my post here on how to interrogate a relay socket: http://www.fixya.com/cars/r6022358-relay_check)
If there is only one hot terminal in the relay socket with the key turned to start, replace the ignition switch. If there are 2 hot terminals, try swapping the relay with the horn relay. If that works, buy a new relay.

If all of the above is good, try jumping the solenoid. (see test 2 in this post: http://www.fixya.com/cars/r6222268-engine_doesnt_crank_turn_over)

If that works you know you have battery and starter for sure. If not, replace the starter.

Let me know if you have any questions at all. :o)

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