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post #1 of 6 Old 10-15-2007, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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'01 WJ Need Help With Starting

Quick question for some of the more mechanically inclined Jeep guys out there. I have an '01 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 (not the H.O.) with approx 104k miles on it. I've spent the last week searching the forum for a possible solution and haven't found anything to date. So here's my problem. I've been having problems with a long crank for some time now, and recently it has started idling low to the point where it shakes the car (usually about 500 w/o AC, 650 w/ AC). Last wednesday the car would turn over but not start unless I floored it, and I had to keep the pedal 1/4 the way down to keep it running. I changed the fuel pump, air filter, battery and spark plugs. The plugs were pretty black, the fuel pump screen was pretty dirty too, and the air filter was somewhat dirty. So now it runs, but I'm still having the same problem with cold starts. I takes a while to crank (usually 5-8 seconds) and I get a really bad gas smell once it does crank. How can I get it to start "normally" agian? I've also recently changed the started and Throttle Position Sensor. Could really use some help guys!! Thanks in advance!!

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-15-2007, 11:00 AM
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All efi engine have a eletric controlled valve that controls the air flow it a idle.
Sounds to me like it is not opening. Most of the time they can be cleaned.
Sometimes they need replaced.
Sometimes they are called the idle air control vavle.
Its usally found parallel to the throttle blade when closed on the side of the throttle body.

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Did you really change the whole fuel pump ?

Look at the TSB 1400201 at wjjeeps.com.
This is maybe a reason.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-15-2007, 12:53 PM
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hey man - remove the throttle body from the engine and give it a good clean with throttle body cleaner and a toothbrush. check out this link.


since you already did replace the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) cleaning the thorttle body and Idle Air Control valve (IAC) is more than likely your solution.

my 00 4.7 was having idle problems (among other things). i did a complete throttle body cleaning along with cleaning up the IAC, and it solved all my issues (see my other posts).

i also have a 02 HO that is a company jeep - we had it in to the dealership a few months back because it wouldn't idle at all, they replaced the IAC and TPS, and cleaned the TB and problems solved.

good luck!


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post #5 of 6 Old 10-16-2007, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I replaced the whole fuel pump rather than just the o-ring. Figured it would make more sense because of the vehicle's high mileage, and dropping the fuel tank is not something I want to do again.
So I tried cleaning the throttle body. It didn't help. I also replaced the regulator/filter last night. It helped a little with the low idle, but not much. However, it still takes 5-10 seconds to startup when cold. I guess the next step should be to replace the IAC? Any more help, anyone?
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I know this is really old, and I don't think I'm supposed to start up old threads, sorry. All the symptoms are the exact same for me.

What did you do to get it to start on its own again?
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