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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Lorado won't start

by mayguire / July 1, 2009 11:15 AM PDT

Ok, I will try to give you as much information as I can. If I missing something that will help with dx then let me know.

So once in like 6 mos all of a sudden it wouldn't turn over. I would let it sit for a few hours and then try again. It would turn over and run perfectly for months and the randomly do it again. I believe this happened 3 times. The last time was a few months ago and hasn't started since.

At first we would turn the key and the lights would come on but nothing would happen. We tried to charge the battery with our other call and it would charge for a minute and then died while it was charging then we tried again and it wouldn't charge at all. After doing this we tried a couple of days later and not even the lights came on so we knew the battery had died.

My husband I took the starter out and had it tested but it was good. We took the battery in and it was completely dead. We bought a new one, and now the lights are working but still the vehicle will not turn over and there is no clicking or any sound when turning the key.

Would love any other possible ideas. Oh and the fuses are all good.

Thanks Kelley

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try this
by Billy5150 / July 10, 2009 2:28 PM PDT

When you turn the key all the way to start and nothing happens, push the shifter further into park while holding the key . I have seen this work.

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key failed?
by strykerakamack / July 11, 2009 2:05 AM PDT
In reply to: try this

Does that year have a "Smart Key" ?
My 01 wouldnt start because the chip in the key failed.
Call a dealer and see if thats the case .
try a spare key if you have one, if it runs get the car to the dealer for them to cut a new key .

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Smart Key
by mayguire / July 11, 2009 4:38 PM PDT
In reply to: key failed?

There is no smart key for this year but thank you.

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by mayguire / July 11, 2009 4:44 PM PDT
In reply to: try this

Still nothing. There is no sound other than the normal dinging with the dash lights. It won't turn over at all

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by pnjeep / February 11, 2011 3:05 AM PST

I had a similar problem. Turns out one of three of the connectors on the computer, was not making good connection. By wiggling the connector I could get it to start, then it would die when I removed pressure. I unplugged the connector and cleaned the contacts with a small brush and q-tip with alcohol. Put it back together and the jeep started right up with no problems for monthes. Then I had to do it again. Finally, after cleaning I put a monster tie wrap around the computer to hold the connector firmly in place, and it has worked ever since, over 12 months now.

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