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I have a 1988 jeep cherokee that will run with the key in the start position but dies when key is released

\015 There was a broke red wire near the relay sockets going to some sort of resistor i believe i fixed the wire still wont run in on position i can not hear the fuel pump running when key is in the on position and i tried changing the fuel pump relay when i wiggle the key arond in the on position a buzzing sound comes from the steering colomn.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 15-01-2018

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You need an ignition switch thats the problem
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