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1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4dr

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Rear Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
16 mpg city / 21 mpg hwy
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January 20, 2013, 5:49 pm

Mike V
 

Question: 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee (In-line 6) WILL NOT CRANK

Hello! I have a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This evening I pulled into a driveway...I stopped briefly WITH THE CAR STILL RUNNING AND IN DRIVE to see how much room I had to pull up further... I let off the brake a little and the car actually slid backwards!!! I checked to see if I moved the shifter into reverse by accident but I didn't. The car was still in drive. I had all power. All the gauges were lit. So, I put the car in park and turned off the key and tried starting the car again. Well, I had no luck. When I crank it all my gauges light up and move but the car wont turn over. No sound. Nothing. Hell, a neighbor and I can actually push the car forward and backward while the car is in PARK. The transmission does not seem to engaging in something??? Ive read alot of things and people talk about the starter... however, I am confused and dont believe it would be such a thing given the Jeep did this when the vehicle was still running initially. Would a started cause this to happen even when the car was running (when my foot was on the brake), although the Jeep was not moving? Thanks!!!


February 3, 2013, 12:02 pm

Elizabeth K
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A bad starter will not cause your vehicle to roll backwards when it is gear. And it wouldn't have anything to do with being able to push the car when it's in park. It sounds like you have a problem with the transmission or more likely, with the shifter/linkage/adjustment.

But there could be several different things causing the engine not to crank over, here's a guide to troubleshooting that:
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-engine-will-not-crank-over


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