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post #1 of 7 Old 11-09-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Problem with starting Jeep! 93 GC

Hi everyone,

I just bought a 1993 Grand cherokee and I am having trouble starting up with the key. I am able to start the car by sending a positive feed from the battery to the line that goes to the starter (I exposed some copper on the starter line and I use a jumper). But here's my problem I can't start the car with the key by turning it. So my first thought was the anti-theft system, I do not have the keyless remote so I tried to disable the security system by grounding the purple wire with the yellow stripe behind the door panel but no luck. Any suggestions???


Oh and when I start the car by sending a positive feed to the starter line I have the key in the ignition turned to the on setting.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-09-2008, 12:15 PM
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What happens when you turn the key to start?

The VTSS (security system) doesn't prevent the starter from running—it cuts off the fuel supply. If your problem is that the starter won't run, the factory security system isn't part of the equation. Some aftermarket alarms have a starter kill, but unless you've got an aftermarket keyfob, that's probably not it either.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-09-2008, 12:43 PM
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Since you've ruled out the starter and battery, next step is the ignition switch.

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-09-2008, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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When i turn my key to start the car all of the dashboard lights turn on but when I try to crank the car to engage the starter, nothing happens. No clicking, nothing.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-09-2008, 01:06 PM
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Tumbler, very common problem in 93's. When my brother owned mine, he had the same problem, ended up running two switches, one for the starter and one for accessories for awhile, then he just replaced the whole column with a 94.

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-09-2008, 04:33 PM
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Definitely sounds like the ignition switch should be your next step.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-27-2011, 02:08 PM
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I bought and replaced a new switch. I put in the key and it spins all the way forward to the run position. Are one or both of the tabs on the switch not hitting or seating in something properly?
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