2004 Jeep Cherokee Not starting correctly

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 83,000 MILES
My jeep doesnt start right away. I have to turn it at least twice. Got starter tested, thats not it. Spark plug tightened, worked for about 5 minutes then back to not starting right away. When the spark plug was tightened the check engine light went off but problem starting persisted. I heard it could be the fuel pump. Anything else it could be? What step should I take now to avoid wasting money on the wrong problem.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 7:25 PM

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Hello -

To better assist you is your model Freedom, Laredo, Limited, Overland. Also please provide your engine size in liter and the 8th digit of your VIN.

Please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery and alternator.

We need to figure out if it is electrical or fuel related. Pull a plug wire off of the spark plug and insert something into the end of it and have someone try to start the car and have the metal object really close to a piece of metal on the engine and see if you are getting a good strong popping blue spark. Try several plugs. Don't have your hands on any part of the metal! If there is no spark, then it is electrical.

If you are getting good spark then spray some starting fluid in the throttle body and try to start it and see if it tries to start then.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 10:29 PM

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