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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee pushbutton starting issue

I have 50,200 miles on my Jeep and just last week I had a starting problem. I would push the button and it would turn over but not start. I changed the battery as it was the original one. that may have helped but only a bit. If I keep trying it will start. And then it will start the rest of that day. Now I understand that there is a P54 recall which I have not brought the car in to get done. It states that it is a faulty fuel pump relay. The patch is to cut in a new relay. But I question the fix related to my case. Why...as follows
1. if I push the button a couple of times to the point where the dash lights go on, and I hear the fuel pump engage , and push the button the car starts. Then after that , it starts OK.
2. likewise , I can do that with the key FOB as the starting device.
3. There is a relay in the TIPM. So why does one have to cut one in if one can simply change the existing relay. What is up with that or what am I missing.

I can take it in but cutting the wires , etc may result in a glitch. Plus , it appears that the relay is energized through another starting sequence..so how can it be bad?? Can it be a start circuit issue related to the push button being pressed immediately and not causing the relay to start the fuel pump in that mode?

Do the experts on this forum have any insights on this issue for me.

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