Hello Car Talk community!
I recently had some wires fixed under the hood of my 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, because it wouldn’t start. The mechanic told me that it looked like a squirrel had been making a nest under the hood and had chewed on some wires. I suspect that it may have happened over a long period of time, but I’m not positive of that.
Since then, a couple of times it has not started. I get in, turn the key, and all I hear is a click (not a repeated clicking). However, maybe due to something I remembered from Car Talk, I’ve been able to get it to start by putting it in neutral, pushing it forward a foot or two, and then putting it back in park and turning the key again. When I do that, it starts right up.
I think I’ve heard similar stories on the show before…could anybody point me to one of those? Alternatively, if you happen to know what part of the starter system is most likely at fault, I’d appreciate it if you could let me know.
Thanks in advance.