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Jeep only starts when i turn steering wheel

I have a 2004 Jeep Grand cherokee limited V8 4.7. A couple of weeks ago my jeep started failing to crank everytime when i turned the key. I would turn it a couple of times and it would finally start. My first thought was the starter. But yesterday on a the advice of a friend I tried wiggling the steering wheel back and forth when I had a start failure. Sure enough, starts everytime after turning the wheel back and forth on a start failure. I just hold the ignition in the cranking position and turn the wheel back and forth with decent force and then it starts. My question is, what is wrong? What part do I need to replace? Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: Jeep only starts when i turn steering wheel

Most probably the ignition switch is bad. Instead of turning the steering wheel, try to hit the steering column with your fist. A bad ignition switch can start working again due to vibrations (making and breaking a contact due to vibration)
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