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1998 jeep cherokee sport in great shape with 130 miles...won't start when i turn key...new battery, new starter switch, new crankshaft positioning sensor, new neutral safety switch, rework tumblers in ignition, etc...sometimes it starts right up and will run for week or 2 with no problem...then suddenly when i go to start it i get nothing...so then i have to keep shift the automatic trans level back and forth and then she may fire right up..what do u think!

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  • kmwertz Nov 11, 2008

    I have a 1998 jeep cherokee sport, with manual transmission. Won't start when I turn key...new battery,new starter switch,new crankshaft positioning sensor,tumblers in ignition are fine. Can push start. but will not start by key???? please help me!Thank you.................kurt

  • kmwertz May 11, 2010

    HI THIS IS KMWERTZ, WHERE IS THE NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH LOCATED ON MY 1998 JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT 6 CYL., 4.0 L MANUAL TRANSMISSION?

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I had a similar problem. My mech told me it was from putting it in park before it is completely stopped. Your vehicle is reacting like its in neutral or out of gear, since it will only start when it is in park, yet it will start with a push. If this is an automatic your speaking of this could be your problem. He said it is common in Jeeps. I have not replaced the part but I have not had any trouble starting as long as I make sure that when I park my wheels are straight & I take my foot completely off the brake after I put in in park, then shut it off. It starts every time.

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  • wandaj Nov 18, 2008

    It's called a Neutral safety Switch.

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When you have a no start is there any power at all? If not look for a bad ASD (auto-shutdown relay) or corrosion in the terminals of the ASD. Another dead giveaway is a clicking from the passenger side of dash while trying to start

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