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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Temperature blend and recirculation doors commonly fail, which can cause the AC modes not to change or the temperature to be different on the left and right sides. If replacing blend air doors, a recirculation door, a door link, or a sub-assembly housing, new heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) sub-assemblies are available that improve reliability.

Brakes -- Verified

Due to warped front brake rotors or variations in the thickness of the rotors, brake pulsations may develop. The best method to reduce pulsations is to use an "On the Car" brake lathe (as long as the rotors are suitable for turning). "On the Car" equipment can correct variations (or "runout") in the rotor surfaces because it also corrects variations in other components (e.g. the hub).

Drive Train -- Verified

Leaks at the front and/or rear differential pinion seal and from the transfer case are common. Leakage from the transfer case normally occurs at the case-mating surfaces and require removal of the transfer case to reseal.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Loose or worn suspension and steering components can cause a wobble or shaking in the steering wheel. It may happen at a certain speed and subside as the vehicle accelerates through the range. Tire balance can contribute to this as well.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops.  There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 15, 1997

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Chrysler is recalling certain 1997 Dodge Dakota, Neon, and Viper; Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler; and Plymouth Neon models because the air bag may deploy without warning when the ignition switch is turned off. Unexpected air bag deployment can result in occupant injury. Dealers will replace the air bag control module.

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Brakes, June 5, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, OR WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE FRONT DISC BRAKE ROTORS CAN EXPERIENCE SEVERE CORROSION IF OPERATED FOR AN EXTENSIVE PERIOD IN THE "SALT BELT." IF THE ROTORS ARE NOT REPLACED, THE CORROSION CAN EVENTUALLY COMPROMISE THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF THE STAMPED STEEL CENTER HUB SECTION OF THE ROTOR.

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Drive Train, September 23, 2002

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Chrysler has recalled 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees because if a driver has not placed the shifter lever fully into the "Park" position and leaves the vehicle running, the vehicle may unexpectedly move rearward. This may result in a crash. Dealers will install a secondary detent system to the floor shifter assembly.

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Engine, June 19, 2013

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It has been determined the fuel tank in these vehicles is at risk of leakage during a rear end collision. To correct this concern dealers will inspect the rear of the vehicle and perform one of the following: A Chrysler designed tow hitch will be installed on vehicles not equipped with a tow hitch, provided the condition of the vehicles can support support proper installation. The tow hitch on vehicles already equipped will be inspected and replaced and/or repaired as necessary, again provided the vehicle is sound and can support proper instillation.

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Engine, June 16, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FUEL TANK MOUNTED FUEL LEVEL SENDING UNIT ACCURACY CAN DEGRADE OVER TIME, INDICATING SIGNIFICANTLY MORE FUEL IN RESERVE THAN IS ACTUALLY PRESENT.

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Questions and Answers

evan_1, 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 5.2L V8, Pampa, TX

rubber ring is around it and i tried to pull up on the pcv but it broke

laker78, 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, Shelbyville, KY

put on a new crank position sensor and still have the problem.Would a complete tuneup help or take care of my problem.

cj75, 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 5.2L V8, Palmerton, PA

drives normal then when you hit 50 MPH it shakes really really bad. Like everything is gonna fall out from under the front end.

cj75, 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 5.2L V8, Palmerton, PA

I noticed when I was pulling out of my parking lot a gurgling noise from behind the glove box.

laker78, 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, Shelbyville, KY

What type of tool do I need to get the TPS bolts out. Have tried for a half hour and cant get them loose.1997 Grand Cherokee

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Reviews

Biggest piece of CRAP Chrysler has built in a LONG time.

This is the second 1997 Grand Cherokee that I have owned. I searched out the twin to my original one because I enjoyed it so much. I have found that keeping up with small maintenance items keeps this a very comfortable and reliable vehicle.
Two minor complaints
1) When using 4 wheel the front-end can seem a bit noisy. Just keep parts lubricated
2) Wish gas mileage was a bit higher.

Caution on brakes - rotors can be warped very easily if wheel nuts are not properly torqued into place. Use a torque wrench instead of torque sticks or guns and you can extend life of rotors greatly.

I also had a 2003 GC and enjoyed it as well but it had an almost sporty ride while this model screams luxury.

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