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Key turns and intermittently it will not engage starter. I

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Key turns and intermittently it will not engage starter. I move shifter and eventually it starts.
JA: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?
Customer: Keys are good steering good
JA: What is the model/year of your Jeep?
Customer: 2008 patriot
JA: Are you fixing your Patriot yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. I am considering a new solenoid replacing old one
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Sometimes it will die at idle

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'm here to help get your problem solved.

2.0 or 2.4 engine? Has anything been replaced? Thanks.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
2.0
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Nothing replaced
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Well, gas cap replaced.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Cleaned corrosion from battery terminals

Give me a few minutes to look into this for you, thanks.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok. Thanks

If you are sure shifting it around helps that would mean the transmission range switch has failed, this tells computer when transmission is in park/neutral which allows starter to function. Here are replacement instructions, let me know if you have questions. Thanks.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/s7v644wzh0lf4bu/trss.pdf?dl=0

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ns7l461hrywwrc/trs2s.pdf?dl=0

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