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Old 09-12-2011, 12:13 AM   #1
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New Jeep owner, starter problem

When i turn my key over, it starts the engine fine, but it keeps grinding like i am holding the key in the start position, and it won't stop until i turn the key back a little bit... is it sticking or what? Does anyone know how to help?

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Starter relay is getting stuck, probably. Swap out the relays and try again.

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Could be your Ignition Actuator Hanging up in the ignition switch. I'm having to replace mine it broke a piece off and wouldn't start the motor. might try spraying electronic cleaner in the key tumbler housing in case there's some dirt in it
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Could be your Ignition Actuator Hanging up in the ignition switch. I'm having to replace mine it broke a piece off and wouldn't start the motor. might try spraying electronic cleaner in the key tumbler housing in case there's some dirt in it
If were talking about the same part, wouldn't the key not go back into "on" position versus ignition?
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I'd start by lubricating the lock cylinder.
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Mine went into the on position but would not turn it far enough to start. If that little piece of pot metal is broke it could be hanging up inside the column. I would try the lube spray first if it's like my jeep there's sand and dirt you wouldn't think sand and dirt could get in
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Mine went into the on position but would not turn it far enough to start. If that little piece of pot metal is broke it could be hanging up inside the column. I would try the lube spray first if it's like my jeep there's sand and dirt you wouldn't think sand and dirt could get in

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...and it won't stop until i turn the key back a little bit.....
Your problem is simple, either your ignition switch, or the linkage in your steering column is binding, its supposed to spring back to the RUN position, your is getting stuck in the START position, if not completely, then partially, just enough to keep the ignition switch in the START position.
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Your problem is simple, either your ignition switch, or the linkage in your steering column is binding, its supposed to spring back to the RUN position, your is getting stuck in the START position, if not completely, then partially, just enough to keep the ignition switch in the START position.

sounds right to me, I leave the key in 24/7 where i live. park on the shop patio, got two BIG dogs no problem!

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