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96 cherokee starts and runs but dies when i let off the key

It acts like it's out of gas, but there's almost a half tank it. when i try to start it, it will only stay running if i hold the key in the start position and dies when i let off the key. help please

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  • trknround Mar 27, 2008

    Thanks Merle840, I had already tracked it down to the switch and replaced it when I got back home and got the FixYa email with your solution.

    I was all ready to replace the fuel filter and the fuel pump. Then by accident, I held the key in the start position a little longer and the engine kept running. That meant it wasn't the filter or the fuel pump. I had already checked all the connections and fuses. It had to be something with the switch. I took the steering column housing apart ( 3 star screws on the bottom side), unplugged the wiring and took the switch housing off ( 3 star screws) and sure nuf, there was a burnt connection on the back side of the switch housing. I removed the key switch from the switch housing, took the old one to NAPA and made sure the new one matched up. BINGO A relatively simple project once I found the problem. 3 hours to track it down and about 20 minutes to FixYa. The new switch housing was $30.25 at NAPA.

    I hope this info can help somebody else one day.

  • cmays03 Feb 20, 2009

    i have an 88 jeep cherokee that is doing the same thing. so i bypassed the switch on the column( the one that the wires plug into up under the dash). so that would mean if that part was bad i just fixed it. but that didnt work. it still dies. as soon as i take the starter wire(green) and take it off the power wire it shuts off. so what could it be? please help thanks



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Bad ignition switch not uncommon in 1996 jeep cherokee/grand cherokee

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