Starting issue

345

Asked by Jan 08, 2012 at 12:53 PM about the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 97 Grand Cherokee limited. has the 5.2 litre 318. has approx 115,000 miles. When the engine is cold usually on first start up the engine only turns but does not fire. If I turn the key back to the start position and try again it fires immediately.  If I shut it off and leave it for any length of time it has the same issue but it always starts as I said on the second attempt. Anyone experienced the same issue? would appreciate the input. I am suspecting a bad sensor?

8 Answers

2,925

Could be fuel delivery. What is the age of the fuel filter and fuel pump? Wouldn't hurt to clean out the throttle body also.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
345

Thanks Matt, the fuel pump is original and the fuel filter was replaced last year. I just find it strange that it starts after resetting the ignition. I will try cleaning out the throttle body and see if that makes a difference. Thanks again. scott

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
2,925

May want to test the fuel pressure on the fuel rail. Possibly the starter solenoid is going out. Of course, you'd want to pull the DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) first with a Code Reader. That may help ID the problem. Also change the spark plugs, if not new. Ignition, cap and rotor too.

2,925

I forgot to mention a couple things. What's common with these 5.2 V8s is when the intake plenum gasket begins to fail it will let some oil leak into the intake manifold that may cause problems with starting and/or rough idle. Also if your EGR is dirty or doesn't full close, it will let excess air into the system that will trigger a lean fuel rail code for Bank 1, 2 or both.

5

Hey Guys...this may sound crazy but I had the same issue. After researhing the internet I found someone with the same problem in 1994. I changed EVERYTHING. FIX: I read that it is electrical. I said...What do I have to loose. Went to the junk yard and got a DRIVER SIDE HARNESS WIRES. STARTS LIKE A NEW CAR

5

Here is the note from what I mentioned above: Added 3/25/2004 Hi Vince: I just wanted to let you know on the Jeep what fixed the issue. After I got your mail I found a break in the drivers door wiring harness. I noticed that the door locks were not working and when I pulled on the door to door jam harness, the door locks would once again start working. I suspect that the security system, as you mention in your mail, was also intermittently getting a signal from the door locks that were malfunctioning and in turn was sending a no start signal to the ECM. If I remember correctly, the door alarms on this year are pretty simple and need to work in conjunction with the locks. So In the end the dealer that I bought the car off, changed the ECM, then the door wiring harness and all is fine now. Although I bet the door wiring harness would have done the trick by itself. But it cost me $0.00 so I cannot complain that I have a new ECM in a 10 year old car.

345

Way to go Bo checked your info with my problem, I replaced the old harness in the drivers door and everything is working like new.

10

have you replace the throttle position switch this will cause rough idle no starts and stalling when you let off the gas pedal try cleaning the connection with wire dryer let know

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Starting Issue 6 answers

    My jeep is not staring. Its getting fuel, air, and spark but won't do anything. No check engine light or codes, but am getting check gages. Everything on the gages checks out normal though. I nee...

    1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Starting issue 2 answers

    My 94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has been starting and running fine until yesterday. While i was out went to go start my jeep and all i got was a single click, i checked the fuses, spark plugs, an...

    1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • No start issue 7 answers

    When i try to start my 04 jeep grand Cherokee there is nothing when switched to the on position all the gauges start bouncing erratically and interior lights are very dim and flickering. I had the...

    2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Starting issues

    I have a 2001 grand cherokee that seems to not want to start. One day it was starting n running fine. The next day it wont turn over. I had the starter tested. It tested good. I even changed the sp...

    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • STARTING ISSUE 1 answer

    97 jeep Grand cherokee limited 5.2 litre V8 on most first attempts for starting the vehicle the engine just cranks but does not fire but when i turn the key back and then attempt to start again it fir...

    1997 Jeep Cherokee

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Grand Cherokee

Looking for a Used Grand Cherokee in your area?

CarGurus has 74,229 nationwide Grand Cherokee listings starting at $950.

ZIP:

Search Jeep Grand Cherokee Questions

Jeep Grand Cherokee Experts

#1 inuevafreak
inuevafreak
Reputation 2,050
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,810
#3 thejeepdoctor
thejeepdoctor
Reputation 1,730
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Cherokee
420 Great Deals out of 59,550 listings starting at $2,500
Used Jeep Wrangler
273 Great Deals out of 18,614 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Explorer
830 Great Deals out of 75,040 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota 4Runner
280 Great Deals out of 20,895 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Durango
266 Great Deals out of 23,164 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
575 Great Deals out of 27,582 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,245 Great Deals out of 209,704 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Mustang
389 Great Deals out of 47,511 listings starting at $1,800
Used Chevrolet Camaro
148 Great Deals out of 32,614 listings starting at $1,729

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 15,832 listings starting at $32,430
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 914 listings starting at $27,995
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD For Sale
69 Great Deals out of 1,829 listings starting at $20,929
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD For Sale
154 Great Deals out of 3,761 listings starting at $14,988
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 140 listings starting at $12,977