Ok, i tried using the search function. im a Noob to these forums so hi all! ive been around jeeps for years, we are on our 7th cherokee. We are having a no start issue - when you turn the key we get nothing.. the started doesnt make a noise - but we hear the relays clicking. If we turn the key to the on position, using a screwdriver on the starter crossing the positive and negative poles i can get it to start right up. Could this be a neutral saftey problem? is there a way i can just jump it? Its a 1996 Cherokee Sport 4.0l. Thanks in advance for your input!
thanks for the reply and welcome! i know its not the starter.. i can jump the posts with a screwdriver and it starts right up. i also had the starter tested i guess its the neutral safty? could i bypass it?
I don't think it's an NSS problem. Pull the starter relay, get a piece of wire and jump the relay socket #30 and #87. If the starter turns over then the relay is bad. If it does not turn over check the 40A fuse for the starter circuit.
same thing just happned one mine.check the ignition switch.
how would i check the ignition switch? also the relays im referring to are the ones in the black box right under the hood. Ill check the 40A fuse to see if that is the problem. thanks for your replies ill let you know the outcome!
I had this problem the other day. Putting it in neutral didn't help. All I did was take the cables off the starter, clean the contacts, and bolt the cables back on. No problems since.
interesting, thanks for the reply ill try that.. also has anyone ever heard of 96+ cherokees needing the Brake to be on in order to start? like you have to press the brake while starting to make it start? i dont know where the heck my dad ever heard that bs from?
Ok, so did a search and I wound up here. I had almost the same problem. Went to pump gas, left the lights on, went to start the car and nothing. No click, nothing. The dash lights all turn on just fine. I hooked it to a battery charger and nothing happened, no click, no noise.
The mechanic comes out cause Im blocking the fuel lane and he takes off the cover of the relays and a relay switch, nothing. He takes a piece of wire and connects it to the two prongs of the starter relay and nothing. So we search around, wait five minutes. And I try one last time and it fires up.
He said he doesn't believe the starter is bad, maybe a dead spot (wtf is a dead spot?) and he thinks it may be the ignition. I drove it back to work for the time being but I'm dreading the end of the day. Any ideas on how I can get it to start right up? Think it may be my NSS and not something more costly such as a starter or whole new ignition? If it was my NSS would I still hear clicking from the starter?
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