1996 Jeep Cherokee cranking but no spark 1996 l6-4.0l che...

Q: 1996 Jeep Cherokee cranking but no spark

asked by on October 23, 2017

Car was low on gas after I replaced the clutch and slave cylinder in it, I bolted everything back up including the cps and tried to start the car forgetting it was low on gas and it turned over and died almost immediately so I got 5 gallons of gasoline and now it won’t start because it hasn’t no spark, I have fuel pressure and even tried starting fluid and didn’t start, it cranks and I hear the fuel pump priming when I turn the key so that’s good, I have replaced the ignition coil, cap and rotor, spark plug wires, and spark plugs and the camshaft position sensor

My car has 250765 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi Charlie. Thanks for sending in your question today. In cases where multiple parts have been replaced, more often than not, the starting problem is due to something incredibly small but vital - such as a loose ground wire or electrical connection. The first thing I’d do before replacing anything else is double checking all electrical connections - especially grounds. The second step would be to inspect or replace the ignition system relays or fuses - as this is another common issue after multiple repairs - especially if the battery cables have not been replaced. If you complete those and still can’t get it to ignite, verify that the camshaft or crankshaft position sensor wiring harness is in good shape.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

ABS/CV axle problems after installing new axles.

Hi there. The hubs to the vehicle are designed with the harness in the middle of them for the ABS sensors. You may have installed the wrong CV axles. The replacement CV axles for the vehicle are a different design...

Engine misfiring.

You can usually identify an engine misfire by the distinct feeling and sound you get from the engine. A misfire is usually accompanied with a check engine light and if the misfire is critical, the check engine light will blink....

Car dying without warning

Hi. There could be several possibilities that are causing your problems. A faulty fuel pump relay that is heating up would disable the fuel pump and therefore starve the engine of fuel. A fuel pressure test, during steady cruise, will...

Related articles

How to Take the Doors Off Your Jeep
Jeeps Jeeps have been around since before WWII, and they’ve been modifiable since the very beginning. Because of their unique nature, Jeeps sit in a class all of their own: a coupe, a convertible, and a capable off-roader, all in...
Understanding Jeep Oil Change Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Jeep Oil Change Indicator lets you know when and what service your car needs.
The Best Used Cars to Buy That Can Be Towed Behind an RV
Summer Summer is a great time for a road trip, but often travelers like bringing all the conveniences of home along, in the form of an RV. Then they tow their car behind it – sometimes this practice is called...