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Old 08-24-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Takes two times to start

I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ and it takes two or three times to crank. I want to know what I can do to fix this problem.

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Old 08-27-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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i have the same problem on a 98 4 cyl.
any ideas?

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Old 08-27-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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Do you turn the key to "on" first for a couple of seconds before actually starting it? That will allow the fuel pump to pressurize the system first.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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What causes this is the check valve in the fuel line letting the fuel bleed off when it sits for a more than a couple hours, you turn the key and it cranks merrily away, stop, turn again and it fires right up, it's annoying, no question. You could replace the fuel pump assembly, that would solve the issue, but it's not all that cheap. I just turn the key on while I get the lap-belt on, then start it up, usually fires up with just a bump to the starter, so long as that happens I'll live with it
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:51 AM   #5
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Same here. Have just gotten in the habit of turning key one stop short of starting for a few seconds first.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:46 PM   #6
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So we're not talking about a click sound from the starter? It's not even getting to that point?
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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So we're not talking about a click sound from the starter? It's not even getting to that point?
I was under the impression that it was turning over, just not sparking
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:23 PM   #8
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Thanks everybody for commenting. I have taken your advice and my jeep is cranking up a lot better now and even when it's cold. Thank you for your help
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:34 PM   #9
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It's be the fuel pressure regulator. Costs about $80 and located on top of the fuel tank. It took me a little more than an hour to drop the gas tank, replace it and put it back together. Here's how you can definitely tell. When the engine is cold, turn the key to accessory and wait about five seconds then crank it. If it fires right up, it's definately the fuel pressure regulator.

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