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Jeep Cherokee Problems

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil leaks from the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket and timing cover gasket are common.

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A ticking type noise may be noted from the engine area due to an exhaust manifold that has cracked where the pipes are welded; cracked manifolds should be replaced.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Floor pan rust and corrosion typically happens where salt or mud is allowed to accumulate on the vehicle. Holes drilled in the floor can contribute to rust if the bare metal is not painted or protected with corrosion resistant coatings. Floor pan kits are available from Jeep and the aftermarket to repair rusted areas.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The throttle body may accumulate an oily, black residue in the bore and on the throttle plate causing hard starting or possibly stalling when coming to a stop. The throttle body should be cleaned during regular maintenance but do not spray cleaners directly on or at the throttle position sensor (TPS) as this can damage the sensor.

Jeep Cherokee Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 12, 2000

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The information on how to secure a car seat properly using tether anchors using step by step, illustrated procedures is missing. Improper attachment of child seat tether straps to vehicle tether anchors could cause a child safety issue in a collision. Owners were sent an addendum to the owners manual that addresses tether strap installation.

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Brakes, April 24, 1997

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS). THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) HYDRAULIC CONTROL UNIT CAN EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE BRAKE ACTUATOR PISTON SEAL WEAR WHICH COULD CAUSE PUMP-MOTOR DETERIORATION.

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Brakes, March 7, 1991

Summary: THERE MAY BE HYDRAULIC FLUID CONTAMINATION FROM CONDENSATION FORMATION THAT CAN PLUG THE ABS BRAKE BOOSTER PUMP FILTER; STRESS CORROSION OF THE MASTER CYLINDER SNAP RING HAS BEEN TRACED TO CHLORINE LEAKING FROM THE LOW PRESSURE HYDRAULIC HOSE WHICH MAY CAUSE IT TO BREAK; FRONT BRAKE HOSE TO TIRE INTERFERENCE WHICH MAY CAUSE FAILURE OF THE BRAKE HOSE.

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Drive Train, September 15, 1997

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTIPURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS. THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL REGULATION 573. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. DRIVERS CAN MISTAKENLY STEP ON THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WHEN THEY INTEND TO STEP ON THE BRAKE PEDAL.

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Drive Train, March 14, 1991

Summary: MALFUNCTION OF FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM THROTTLE POSTITION SENSOR COULD CAUSE INTERMITTENT HIGH ENGINE IDLE SPEED IMMEDIATELY AFTER STARTING ENGINE.

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Jeep Cherokee Questions and Answers

all 40s, 1990 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, San Mateo, CA

Neither my owner's manual nor my repair manual mention what the idle speed in Park or Drive should be. The underhood emissions sticker states that all the engine parameters are fixed and do ...

amadeius6, 1990 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, Columbia, PA

when i am driving the jeep it just shouts off and will not start for about twenty min.the jeep will start after i wait ! the jeep is a 1988

cornelius, 1990 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, Chesapeake, VA

weld broke loose at the hinge,door hangs way down when you open it.

amadeius6, 1990 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0L 6 Cylinder, Columbia, PA

I am not getting any spark ! If it is not a coil what can i look at next ?

MechanicMark, 1990 Jeep Cherokee, Ortonville, MI

I have an 89 Wagoneer V8 and I believe the rear main is leaking. It has 89000 miles. I need to know how to remove the oil pan, clearance wise, and if the job can be done without removing the tran...

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Jeep Cherokee Reviews

My jeep has 104k constant issues im a chevy guy got a jeep cuz my frind has many parts im ready to burn this pos to the ground will never buy another jeep

I bought my 96 jeep when it was 5 years old.Came with the 4.0 motor,auto, 4 wheel drive. It's a country model and I love it. It had belonged to a salesman ( bridge) and had 200k+ but ran great.I kept it 5 years and besides a set of tires and upkeep never turned a bolt on the body or motor. I made the mistake of selling it to my son.Had a chance to get it back last year after several owners. It now has over 300+k and still runs like a scalded dog, handles like a VW.So happy, and enjoy driving it very much.

I just bought a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and I love it. It was a good buy and I had to put some money into it (rear differential, muffler), but it runs like a top. The transmission jerks a little when I put it in reverse...will have that checked out within the next month.

Love It Love It Love It.

my jeep finally died!!!! lol, 265,000 miles... if the body was in better shape i would have rebuilt the rearend... quite literally, was driving and the rear end locked up... like i had yanked the E-brake... pulled the driveshaft out of the transmission while i was still moving down the road... it was a beast for a very long time!!! but i decided that the body was too far gone to put more work into it... never once got stuck in it, mud, snow, didnt matter... once pulled out a ford f350 with it... silly ford guy, tried telling me on the phone that i wouldnt even make it back in the marsh as far as he did... sad that jeep is gone, but now i have another one, just have to rebuild the motor before i can go 4wheeling again!!

My 1999 cherokee has 214,000 miles on it. It has been a reliable vehicle. I have replaced tires and brakes (normal). At 150K miles i have a new condenser installed. Since then and now I replaced the front passenger window mechanism. I just had the exhaust manifold welded and I need front U-joints. I will need them for the winter. Other than the normal bottom rust the vehicle still looks good and the engine is strong. I will buy another one when this one dies.

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