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1998 Jeep Cherokee Won't Start

Jun 3, 2005 9:32AM PDT

Turn the key and nothing...silent. Replace starter, ignition switch on column, and battery terminals. Wiring looks to be ok but, still nothing. I arc the solenoid w/ the key on and it starts fine. I have the manual and have done everything that it suggests. Any ideas? Thanks!

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1998 Grand Cheerokee Will Not Start
Dec 10, 2005 8:55AM PST

Hey, I have the same problem. How did you solve it?
I have replaced the ignition Switch, the starter, taken out the 3rd party alarm. I have also switches some of the relays under the hood in the fuse box to see if it made a difference.

Yes, I can touch the starter silionid with a screwdriver and it starts and runs great. How did you fix your issue? I can be reached at or if you have the cycles, call me 303-918-8149. I am stumped with this one.

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Wont start !!!
Dec 31, 2005 9:07AM PST

Your problem sounds like a faulty nuetral safety switch in you console, try putting the shifter in nuetral then try starting it if it works you will need to replace the switch.

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Thanks, I think this may help...
Sep 17, 2007 10:18AM PDT

I just picked up a 93 jeep cherokee and it has the exact problem discribed here. I'm going to try and replace the nuetral safty switch, and hopefully all will be good. Thanks!

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (5.9L) Won't Crank
Sep 25, 2009 6:45AM PDT


I actuated the solenoid manually - BINGO ! ! !

I tried starting it in Neutral - BINGO ! ! !

You have made my day, week, and month ! ! !

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You ! ! !

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Wont even turn over
Jul 31, 2010 2:29PM PDT

Ok i have a 1998 jeep cherokee(automatic). I put it in the shop because it wont start. It was there for almost two weeks and it still doesnt work. He replaced two parts i cant remember what they were, but when i go to crank it it will make the noise like it wants to start but doesnt want to turn over. If you could please help me figure it out i would appreciate it alot.

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Try this
Sep 26, 2010 10:43PM PDT

I had same problem, it turned out after two weeks in workshop, to be the the "Crank Angle Sensor" had it replaced and works fine.

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Same Issue .. Jeep won't start
Nov 3, 2010 9:24AM PDT

I have the same problem, I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, automatic .. my Jeep wont start in neutral though .. I heard that it should, but it doesn't.

My jeep this has only happened to me 3 times, I go to turn it on and it acts like it wants to but then it wont, then when I try and turn the key, nothing, no sound, nothing. It will start after a few mins, but its kind of scary wondering if youru going to be stranded you know.

Do you think its this sensor?

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98 jeep cherokee won't start
Feb 10, 2016 11:33AM PST

I am having the same problem with my jeep and everyone is telling me to remove my neutral position switch and clean it out.

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