why does my jeep not start on the first turn of the key but starts right up on the second turn?

Asked by Sep 14, 2013 at 09:58 AM about the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Next time try turning the key to 'on' or the 'run' position but not crank. Yet. Leave it on about 5 seconds or so then start. If that works, you have allowed the fuel pump to pressurize the FI system.

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If what David said works it may also be time to replace the fuel filter.

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Thanks Michael, good point, didn't think of that

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My 97 GJ does the exact same thing. I changed the fuel filter but it still does the same thing. I'm guessing what David suggested about pressurizing the system is probably the issue.

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