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1997 Jeep Cherokee Problems

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Most Common 1997 Jeep Cherokee Problems

Engine oil leaks from the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket and timing cover gasket are common.
The throttle position sensor (TPS) may fail causing intermittent drivability problems like hard starting, stalling, and/or hesitation when accelerating. A failed TPS will require replacement, ...
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 th...
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0 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Brakes Problems

2 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Drive Train Problems

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 th...
A loud buzzing or whining when the transmission is in reverse may be caused by a regulator valve in the transmission valve body. A revised valve was released that does not resonate. Careful diagnos...

0 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Electrical & Lights Problems

2 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Engine Problems

Engine oil leaks from the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket and timing cover gasket are common.
Some models are susceptible to rear main oil seal failures in dirty or dusty conditions. As dirt and dust collect on the oil seal, the abrasion wears through the sealing surface. A rubber plug, ins...

6 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The throttle position sensor (TPS) may fail causing intermittent drivability problems like hard starting, stalling, and/or hesitation when accelerating. A failed TPS will require replacement, ...
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.
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...

0 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Maintenance Problems

3 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Miscellaneous Problems

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 prote...
Child seat tether anchors are available from Chrysler and can improve the performance of child restraints. Each tether kit has all the necessary parts and detailed instructions according to our tec...
If an air or water leak is present in the driver's side foot well, the grommet for the transmission shift cable may be missing or not seated correctly. Excessive engine noise may also be present.

0 Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1997 Jeep Cherokee Problems & Complaints

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 prote...
The throttle position sensor (TPS) may fail causing intermittent drivability problems like hard starting, stalling, and/or hesitation when accelerating. A failed TPS will require replacement, ...
A loud buzzing or whining when the transmission is in reverse may be caused by a regulator valve in the transmission valve body. A revised valve was released that does not resonate. Careful diagnos...
Jeep issued an emissions recall in late 2006 to update the powertrain control module (PCM) software on certain 1996 - 1998 vehicles. As part of the recall, the catalytic converter will also be insp...
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 th...
Engine oil leaks from the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket and timing cover gasket are common.
The outer exhaust manifold studs can break and cause exhaust leaks, commonly noted as a ticking type noise. The outer studs, clamps, and nuts will need to be replaced and are now being tightened ...
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...
Some models are susceptible to rear main oil seal failures in dirty or dusty conditions. As dirt and dust collect on the oil seal, the abrasion wears through the sealing surface. A rubber plug, ins...
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.
The outer exhaust manifold studs can break and cause exhaust leaks. The outer studs, clamps, and nuts will need to be replaced and are now being tightened to a reduced torque value (20 Nm/180 in lbs
If an air or water leak is present in the driver's side foot well, the grommet for the transmission shift cable may be missing or not seated correctly. Excessive engine noise may also be present.
Child seat tether anchors are available from Chrysler and can improve the performance of child restraints. Each tether kit has all the necessary parts and detailed instructions according to our tec...
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