1990 Jeep Cherokee Repair The Starter

Posted in Ignition Systems | Asked on Jun 2, 2010

Recently had a tune-up repairing oil air and fuel filters, spark plugs and wires, distributor cap and rotor. My 1990 jeep cherokee limited was running fine until I tired to start it this afternoon. With all of these new parts working fine what could be the problem?

There are 6 Answers for "1990 Jeep Cherokee Repair The Starter"

  1. Dino says:

    Fuel pump maybe IDK? Ain’t cars a bit-h to keep running though?

  2. grb says:

    Need more info, symptoms. Is it turning over, is their gas, etc,

  3. michael g says:

    it could be multiple things take it to autozone and have the battery tested if it’s not the battery it’s more than likely the starter jeeps have this problem alot.get someone to tap the starter with a hammer while you turn the key like trying to crank it it might crank but the starter is still bad good news is they are not expensive and very easy to install.

  4. Meatpupette says:

    mine had the same problem…many ppl with jeeps have this same problem. does it just die on u when ur driving? and then u cant get it to start? if u open the hood, there should be a fuel valve on the right side ov the motor. unscrew the cap and see if the gas trickles or sprays out. if it trickles, it’s something in the fuel line…i wrecked mine fri so, i never rly figured it out but i know it’s something in the fuel line.

  5. brimshae says:

    Need more detail their, chief.

    Is it turning over? What engine? What transmission?

    If it’s not turning over (trying to start, but not catching) when you turn the key, and the battery is good, get underneath the Jeep and smack the starter with a hammer.

    (starter from a Jeep with a 4.0 engine, yours will be much grittier)
    http://www.logical-source.com/images/BigPartPics/JECHSTA.jpg ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://www.logical-source.com/images/BigPartPics/JECHSTA.jpg)

    No, really. If it does NOTHING when you turn the key except shut off the radio, get a hammer (I use a ball peen hammer, but a claw hammer will work just fine), and give it a good two or three whacks on the large portion of the starter.

    Don’t kill it, just get its attention. Sometimes the starter solenoid will stick when the starter is going bad. You can usually drive like that for a couple of months, giving it the occasional whack.

    Of course, the hammer WILL stop fixing it eventually, and without warning. I ended up having to replace my starter in a bank parking lot late last year. It’s not hard to do if you have done it before, or can follow written directions well.

    It’s…. 5-6 wires and 3-4 bolts (I forget). With the normal ride height of a Cherokee, you don’t even need to jack it up. :-D

  6. Mike S says:

    Often a sudden no start condition is caused by the Neutral safety switch. Try moving the shifter around. The NSS may need to be cleaned. See procedure here:
    http://go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoNSSrebuild.htm ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoNSSrebuild.htm)

    Sometimes the starter contacts corrode and a sharp tap on the starter case will get it going again.

    For more reasons why your Jeep won’t start, see this article:
    http://www.mikestrawbridge.com/XJstarter.shtml ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://www.mikestrawbridge.com/XJstarter.shtml)

    Mike

    http://www.mikestrawbridge.com/jeep-cherokee-off-road.shtml ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://www.mikestrawbridge.com/jeep-cherokee-off-road.shtml)

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