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When it is cold or damp outside my 94 jeep grand cherokee has a really hard time starting. starter is working but it takes many cranks to start. when it does start running it runs rough for a few minutes..." like a cat is caught in the fan belt"... shakes badly but after it warms up it runs fine and starts right up after shut off. what could this be? i have changed a number of sensors.

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Hi! As a first course of action please have an oil change. The oil can be burnt which can cause the engine to shake during cold start ups. Experienced this myself and an oil change was a helpful idea. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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