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#9 of 50 New 2010 Wrangler is hard to start
Jul 23, 2010 (5:30 pm)
I just purchased a 2010 jeep wrangler. I have been stranded 3x in 3 weeks. It seems to be worse when the engine is warmed up. The engine will crank but not start. I may have to try starting 5-10 times. My husband seems to think it may be that I pump the gas pedal when I try starting--other cars I have had required me to do so. Should that cause the car to not start and in the process shake violently? It has been back to the dealer each time. They've been stumped. They have tried tightening connections and giving us new keys. When asked the question about pumping the pedal to start, they could not say whether that would have an effect or not. I'm beginning to think I have a lemon. Any help??
#10 of 50 Re: New 2010 Wrangler is hard to start [wrangler_kay]
Jul 24, 2010 (5:18 am)
My husband seems to think it may be that I pump the gas pedal when I try starting--other cars I have had required me to do so. Should that cause the car to not start and in the process shake violently?
There is absolutely no need to pump the gas pedal on any modern vehicle when starting.
Keep your foot off the pedal and turn the key. If it doesn't start there's something wrong that needs to be fixed.
You may have a lemon, but it's far more likely to be a minor problem (if it's worse when warm I'd start by looking for bad sensors) and you have a dealer with an incompetent service department.
#11 of 50 07 wrangler won't start everytimeand dealer is stumped
Jul 27, 2010 (6:58 pm)
I have a 2007 jeep wrangler sahara never had a problem until about 35,000 miles now you turn the key and sometimes it starts other times the starter wont turn over enough to start usually it will start on the 5 turn of nothing , but has got worse lately . The dealer started out working on it as soon as called him with the problem now they tell me I haven't been stranded and they dont know what else to try . they'll call the main jeep mechanics and then call me. I now have it on video a couple times and am just ready to call a Lawyer anyone found a permanent fix yet ?? help.......
#12 of 50 Re: 07 wrangler won't start everytimeand dealer is stumped [burns929]
Jul 28, 2010 (7:22 am)
I now have it on video a couple times and am just ready to call a Lawyer
This would be a lawyer who moonlights as a Jeep mechanic perhaps?
Your dealer appears to doing everything correctly so far.
They started work straight away, couldn't immediately find the problem but tried to reassure you by pointing out that the problem hasn't left you stranded, and now they going to contact Jeep for further information (at least, I think that's what you meant) and have promised to call you when they've done so.
Anyhow, although it's a little hard to tell from your description, it's either a starter/electrical problem or fuel system issue.
I'd guess at the fuel system losing pressure when the engine isn't running, possibly a leaking injector dribbling fuel into a cylinder causing both a loss of pressure and flooding that cylinder.
#13 of 50 07 Wrangler won't start
Aug 11, 2010 (11:38 am)
My girlfriend is having this issue - amongst many others on here and other forums. These include smoking from the radiator, leaking soft top above door handles, stalling out, etc. More than likely, if yours is an automatic transmission as well, this is the same shifter issue she is having. If you attempt to start and it just 'clicks', as hers does, take out of, and put back into park and try starting again. If that doesn't work, push shifter forward slightly to make sure it is 'engaged' in the park position and try again. This has happened over 30 times to her but she can't 'duplicate' at the dealership, so they won't replace anything and can't find a cause otherwise. We believe it is a cable issue. Good luck. She's been to the dealership for all of the issues above numerous times and not one of them has been repaired. She is now out of warranty, but is demanding that they keep trying as the issues surfaced, and they've 'attempted' to fix each of them, while under the warranty period.
#14 of 50 Re: 07 Wrangler won't start [srexy1]
Oct 09, 2010 (5:33 am)
This also works for my 07 Jeep Wrangler. I have also found that I can turn the key and put the shifter into neutral then it will crank. The problem, I believe, is in the shifter. The dealer, however, will do anything but fix the problem. SO far, they have replaced a perfectly good battery for $130 dollars.
This is obviously a wide spread problem because I have heard from several people about this issue. Jeep has to know about this. But still....no recall because they have no idea how to fix it. Typical.
#15 of 50 Re: New 2010 Wrangler is hard to start [wrangler_kay]
Mar 14, 2011 (7:13 am)
I have had the EXACT same problem on my 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited when trying to manually or remote start (stock remote starter). They replaced the clock spring in steering column and it seemed to be fixed, however it still comes and goes (less frequent). I've also spent anywhere from 1-3 tries to start, to 10-25 tries (and gave up). Even though I parked straight, I tried to "crank the steering wheel to the left" method, as if I parked crooked (sometimes worked by fluke) as well as stepping on gas, brake, anything that may have related it. Turns out, it's a "parking safety switch" issue - 9 times out of 10, I now just push the shifter further into "park" and it starts. I had to do that twice on one occasion. Hope you've already solved the problem, if not hopefully this helps!
#16 of 50 Re: New 2010 Wrangler is hard to start [kagm]
Mar 14, 2011 (7:32 am)
Yeah, I have found that turning the key in the ignition (but not starting it) and placing the shifter in neutral--then turning the key all the way will start it every time.
#17 of 50 Re: 07 Wrangler won't start [srexy1]
May 26, 2011 (6:14 pm)
The same thing happened to my 2007 wrangler, it wouldn't start. It still is happening. Sometimes between 5 and ten times turning the key, it would then start. The dealer couldn't find the problem, I brought it back three times and they were not afraid to bill me. I came home, ran a google surch, I found your message. The next time it happened...I turned the key, took the shifter out of park, moved it to neutral and then back into park. Now it will start. This has happened over 30 times, and this works every time. I haven't brought it back to the dealer since they couldn't find the problem. I feel like it is a waste of my time to tell them about it.
#18 of 50 Re: 07 Wrangler won't start [roger_dodger]
May 26, 2011 (8:20 pm)
The dealer couldn't find the problem........................I haven't brought it back to the dealer since they couldn't find the problem. I feel like it is a waste of my time to tell them about it.
Why didn't you demonstrate the problem to the dealer?
As for not taking it back to be fixed now you've found the problem, words fail me.
I would at least make sure that they credited me some of the amount previously charged toward the cost of the repair.