Engine Won't Turn Over - JeepForum.com

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 09-07-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
1996 FSJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Albany
Posts: 1
Engine Won't Turn Over

So I own a 1996 Grand Cherokee ZJ Limited (4L, V6) that I've recently taken off-roading for the first time. After climbing mud, rocks, and occasionally forging some standing water, she made the hour and a half drive home that night without incident. The next morning however, I can't get the engine to turn over. It starts up and just sputters back out. All the gauges are disengaged except for the fuel gauge which reads low/empty even though there is at least 3 gallons of gas in there. Why won't it start? Somebody help, please!

1996Limited is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 09-07-2011, 12:07 PM
Registered User
2011 WK 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: CANTON
Posts: 194
You're gonna get spanked because ZJ's didn't come with a 4.0 V6...it's an I6. Did you check the battery? Try to jump it?

24 Jun 81-30 Jun 01

02 WJ-4.7 My DD [04 WJ-4.0, 00 XJ-4.0 Gone]
03 WJ-4.0 Dau #1 DD
93 ZJ-5.2 Dau #2 DD

USN Jeep Club #153
dpshoup is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 09-07-2011, 12:38 PM
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 1,511
If it stays running for 2-3 seconds before dieing, likely it is the security system kicking in. It could also be possible that you hydrolocked it running through the water.

1995 ZJ 5.2L V8 318. 230,000 miles and still rollin.

List of parts not replaced yet:
sebian is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 09-07-2011, 12:39 PM
Registered User
1993 ZJ 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: chesapeake
Posts: 3,562
Originally Posted by dpshoup View Post
You're gonna get spanked because ZJ's didn't come with a 4.0 V6...it's an I6. Did you check the battery? Try to jump it?
kinda like his 96 FSJ cherokee? mythical creatures they are!

zjs aren't made for water. jump the battery and see what happens. if that doesn't work/ grab the blow dryer and start airing things out.

also, the factory alarm will engage if the battery was disconnected. use the key fob to disengage or turn your key in the door locks to disengage. are your lights flashing?

V8 zj at 6" . Double tri rear and true 3 link front. Stretched to 108"
speedbucket is offline  

engine , grand cherokee , problems , start

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
After i turn my engine off i hear this clicking coming from the engine FST1994ZJ ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 10 02-07-2010 11:31 PM
Is it bad to rev the engine and turn it off right away? OvenMits ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 12 12-12-2009 07:46 PM
Engine is cranking but won't turn benks16 ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 2 07-17-2008 12:01 PM
'99 4.0l, Turn Right, Engine Quits, Help ?! JIM ROLAND ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 3 04-07-2007 08:11 PM
Jeep Doesn't Start (engine won't turn) Raben ZJ Grand Cherokee Forum 5 04-19-2005 07:38 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome