post #1 of Old 10-14-2013, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
desert-rat
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1995 XJ Not Starting On Incline . . . Neutral Safety Swith Problem?

Hi everyone, I just signed up. This is a great site. I have a quick question.

I bought a 1995 Jeep Cherokee XJ two-door recently. I love it and it has gotten me to some pretty amazing spots. However, it has a problem:

When I have it parked on a flat surface (where I usually park it) it starts up perfectly. If I drive even ten feet and park it on an incline and turn it off, then try to restart it . . . it doesn't start. The lights, heater, stereo, etc all work, but it just doesn't turn over. Sometimes shifting it through the gears works. It eventually starts up after 5-10 minutes or so.

The person I bought it from said it might be the neutral safety switch. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!

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post #2 of Old 10-14-2013, 05:37 PM
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I don't THINK being on an incline should affect it... Do your backup lights work when it won't start?

You could try cleaning the harness connector. It's helped my intermittent no start issue (knocks on wood). It's one of the plugs up by the transmission dip stick. I forget if it's the grey one or one of the black ones. Just find the one with the wires going down to the transmission (or just clean all of them!).
Get some aerosol CONTACT cleaner and some dielectric grease. Spray the cleaner in a couple of times, letting it evaporate between each time. Then squirt the grease in and close it up.

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