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October 30th, 2017, 12:38
1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport
113K miles
I6 4.0 litre
Automatic Transmission
NP231 Transfer Case

Occasionally my jeep won't turn over. I'll turn the key in the ignition and nothing happens. It's almost as if the battery is dead. To get the jeep to start I have to push the automatic shift knob up (towards the engine) with one hand and turn the key with the other. Works every time but is annoying. Any ideas what could be causing this? I'm thinking (hoping) it's an easy fix.

October 30th, 2017, 12:42
Look up neutral safety switch testing and fixes.

October 30th, 2017, 12:51
You might be able to start it in neutral if it absolutely won't start in Park.

October 30th, 2017, 14:15
Sounds like a theft deterrent system.

Call it a feature.

And go confuse a parking valet.

October 30th, 2017, 14:43
The Neutral Safety Switch (NSS) probably needs adjusting, cleaning, or both.

October 31st, 2017, 05:50