Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: virginia beach, VA
I have the exact same issue. It is because the engine starting is all controlled by your computer now. There is a "glitch", and if you turn the key too far, then the starter will turn over but the engine will not actually fire. In previous cars, you had to turn the key all the way and when the car fired up, you released it. This is what I did to "by-pass" the problem........
When you hit the point of the "key turn" where you are about to start the Jeep, simply DO NOT turn the key all the way until it stops. Barely turn it until the starter begins to crank and hold it there until the engine starts. It seems like a pain in the butt, but it really isn't. You get used to doing this. I took mine to the dealer, and of course, they could not duplicate the problem. I figured this little tactic out that I just explained, and it works everytime. I have been doing this since September with no problems. I am just used to it now.