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Unread 03-16-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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Help 2008 jeep won't start every time

2008 Jeep Patriot will not start sometimes. Turn the key and nothing. Acts like it is not in park. Dashboard lights come on but the starter does not engage. You can play with the gear shift and it starts only sometimes , Any ideas?

New battery installed
New started installed

Jeep Canada told us to call dealership

Dealership says they don't know

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Unread 03-17-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Might be an intermittent short in the cable from the battery to the starter. Good luck!
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Unread 03-18-2013, 12:32 AM   #3
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Have they checked the transmission neutral safety switch. My dakota had one fail and it would only start in neutral, sometimes in park.
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