It's the crank sensor!
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Minnesota
Shouldn't have to do that to start the engine. With the "play" you mention, it might be time to find a salvage yard distributor to see if that resolves your issue.
99 Cherokee, 4.0 AW4, NP242
Past Jeeps: 49 Willys, 81 Scrambler, 88 Comanche
Without "data", all you have is an opinion!