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Unread 07-01-2004, 12:04 PM   #1
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Won't start on first crank.

My GC will not start on the first crank. It will fire right up on the second.
Anyone know what could be causing this.

I have replaced plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor.

Thanks.

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Unread 07-01-2004, 12:15 PM   #2
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My GC will not start on the first crank. It will fire right up on the second.
Anyone know what could be causing this.

I have replaced plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor.

Thanks.

I had just about the same problem on my 00 GC. Replacing the fuel pump finally fixed it. If you search around on here you might be able to find some other people who had the same problem and what they did to fix it.
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Unread 07-01-2004, 01:24 PM   #3
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Try swapping the fuel pump relay with the windshield wiper relay in the box under the hood. I replaced my fuel pump ($400) and still had the same problem. It was a $12.50 relay. This may not be it but it's real easy to check
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Unread 07-01-2004, 03:41 PM   #4
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The relay thing would suggest that it statically fails every other time? Switching it with another is a good & cheap test. Maybe the fuel pump is not delivering enough pressure on the first try. Remember the automatic shutdown relay will cut the power to the fuel pump relay after three seconds. Then at the second attempt, it fires up. Maybe it is a sign that the pump is tried? The only way to eliminate the fuel pump as the culprit, is to measure the pressure at the rail.
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Unread 07-02-2004, 07:12 AM   #5
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I'll try switching the relay this weekend.

Does the fuel pump have a check valve that is replacible?

How hard is it to get to the pump? You have to remove the fuel tank right?

If I unscrewed the nut on the fuel rail and gas sprays out, would I be safe to assume that the pump is ok and holding pressure in the line?

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Unread 07-02-2004, 07:40 AM   #6
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perhaps you could say it is ok, but it might require more testing to rule it completely out of the picture. There may not be enough pressure for the FI, but enough to spray out. I don't have a book in front of me, but my car is supposed to be > 35 psi and holding in the "On" key position. During cranking it should dip down 3-5 psi.
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Unread 07-02-2004, 11:39 AM   #7
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With a hole as small as the fuel rail fitting; the gas will spray out neven with 1 psig. My pump was suppling 5 psig before I changed it. It was not enough to start the Jeep.
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