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#1515 of 2589 Questions about new Jeep Purchase...
Jul 05, 2005 (11:33 am)
I just bought a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4 with auto trans., and was told that it had been driven about 13,000 miles, and towed behind a motor home for about 50,000 miles. The odometer shows 63,000 miles. The first question is: Does the mileage on the odometer go up when the Jeep is being towed?
Next, I checked the MPG and it is only 14.91mpg. This was the first tank of gas, and was around town driving, and a short trip of about 120 miles. No off road driving at all. What can I do to improve the mpg? I have changed the oil and filter, and am using full synthetic 10W30. The air filter appears to be new. Any help will be appreciated.
Third, does anyone know if you can contact a Jeep dealer and get a copy of the window sticker for an old Jeep like mine? I called the dealer where this one was purchased new, and was told by the girl on the phone that "we only keep stuff like that for 5 years". Not sure how accurate her info was... am planning a trip to the dealership in the future. It is located in another town. Anyway... I thought maybe Chrysler had some kind of customer service dept. that would have this info.
Last, I know that Cherokees were made for many years, and I think that there were several (2 or 3) different editions... or body changes during production... anyone have any info about this... or can anyone steer me in the right direction to do my own research?
Thanks in advance... and go easy on me... I'm an old guy and the new kid here.
#1516 of 2589 89 cherokee 4.0L cranks but no start
Jul 05, 2005 (2:28 pm)
I have a 1989 Cherokee 4wd with the 4.0 motor and am going out of my mind as to why it wont start. It will crank, fuel pump is pumping and its getting fuel (you can smell it) but something isnt let it start. Heres what I ve replaced so far and nothings changed: camshaft postion sensor in the distributor, the Ignition control module, the coil, the ECU under the dash, cap, rotor and wires, and the starter relay and related relays. I m at a loss. It was an intermittent problem and then it finally didnt want to start. you could tell when it was going to start because the tac would jump slighty. Now it doesnt move. Its like somethings grounding out the module. Anyone have Any ideas?
#1517 of 2589 Re: 2001 GRAND CHEROKEE COOLING FAN PROBLEMS [34phord]
Jul 05, 2005 (2:48 pm)
I have a 2001 Grand Cherokee. Saturday morning the fan clutch and the electric cooling fan went out. Fortunately when it happened I was about 2 blocks from a garage and not on the highway. I was pulling my boat, which is also about 18 feet long. The total repair with a new thermostat was $875.00. Included in that was the electric cooling fan which cost $475.00 for the part alone.
What ever came about your situation?
#1518 of 2589 What does XJ stand for ( Jeep Cherokee ) ?
Jul 05, 2005 (3:12 pm)
I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport 2X4 4-Door, and I wanted to get a lift. I'm finding a bunch of lift kits for Jeep Cherokee XJ's 84-01, and I'm not sure what an XJ is. Can someone help please?
#1519 of 2589 Re: Overheating Jeep Cherokee 1990 [dancerman]
Jul 06, 2005 (7:20 am)
thank You very much! I finally replaced my water pump, It was leaking there, now my jeep runs like new!!!!!!!!!! so happy!!!!
I really apreciatte your help! Now I have another problem! my air conditionenr wont turn on, neither my turn signal! I dont know what to do! if is a loose wire HOw do I find it?
thank You again
#1520 of 2589 Am I getting ripped off?
Jul 06, 2005 (8:15 am)
I have a '98 Cherokee Sport with just over 120K on it, and not looking to spend much more $ on it - basically I want to drive it into the ground before I get something else.
Well it looks like its close to that now - brought it in for service (for other reasons, AC recharging, tire rotation, etc) and Im getting quoted for all new brakes in the front and the rear. And I mean everything - drums, rotors, shoes, you name it. Im getting quoted at least 450+ in the front, and prolly 500+ for the rear. I havent even felt like my brakes were something that even needed to be looked at
For a car that I could prolly only sell for 4K, is it even worth it?
#1521 of 2589 Re: Overheating Jeep Cherokee 1990 [usalbert]
Jul 06, 2005 (8:45 am)
I have a '90 2dr. Is your system closed pressure system? I'm pretty sure it is.
Make sure the radiator cap is on tight and leave it alone.
Get a large bottle, like a windshield washer fluid bottle.
Cut the bottom out.
Turn the bottle upside down into the reservoir bottle of your jeep.
Fill the reservoir up with antifreeze (while using the washer fluid bottle).
Get someone to start the motor.
The motor will suck the antifreeze in so KEEP THE ANTIFREEZE UP.
The motor will get up to temp and suck the antifreeze in, having the fluid bottle filled with antifreeze will keep from getting air pockets in the block.
This is going to take some time and a lot of patience.
Do this until the thermostat maintains running temp, 190-210 depending on thermostat.
Once you maintain temp, put the reservoir bottle cap on tightly.
Don't worry if the bottle expands, the cap will releave any pressure and then it will seal. DON'T OPEN THE RESERVOIR CAP UNLESS THE BLOCK IS COMPLETELY COOL!! Opening cap will make you loose it's pressure (pressure system, get it)
The next morning, after the block is cool, check the level of antifreeze. If it's still low, add some and put cap back on.
NEVER ADD COOLANT WHILE BLOCK IS HOT OR IT WILL ALL KICK BACK OUT THROUGH THE CAP LATER (it sucks I know, I had an over heating problem for almost 3 years before I did this)
What happens is for one reason or another, air gets in the line or block. Once it's trapped in the block, it's very hard to get rid of.
In the case of my '90, I had a hose leak. When I replaced the hose, it got air in the system. I replaced the thermostat with a 185 degree, new water pump, new hoses, new bottle, new cap, etc etc. Nothing helped. Took it to TWO jeep dealerships and almost a $1000 later, same problem. I finally found a mechanic who was very familiar with the issue and showed me what i described to you above.
He solved the problem the first time!!! I was amazed, shocked, and pissed off at those "5-Star" dealerships.
Once you get that system straight, don't ever let anyone take that bottle cap off ever. Only you take the cap off and only take it off when it's cool.
Something else happened to my '90, my radiator went bad. The plastic neck on the upper hose cracked and broke completely off!!! What a mess. That pressure system blew off the coolant out. It happened on the interstate, by the time I made it to the shoulder, all the coolant was gone. All gone! I had to buy a new radiator of course. I found a place on line, radiatorbarn.com. I bought (get this) a ALL metal, 3 row (oem is 2 row) for less than a replacement from Advance or Napa. It was a direct fit, no mods. It costs $140 delivered. So, if you ever have that issue, check it out.
Hope I helped. I got on here to ask about a problem I'm having with my '99 XJ.
I'm having a metal clanking sound from my passenger front hub. Everything is tight. When I turn sharp, it acts like it's in four wheel drive even though it isn't.
Any help on that?
#1522 of 2589 1999 Cherokee Front Passenger Hub Clanking Noise
Jul 06, 2005 (8:50 am)
I'm having a metal clanking noise in the front passenger hub.
I notice it most when I hit bumps of course.
Something else I notice is that when I turn sharp, it feels like the front tires slip, almost as if it's in 4 wheel drive, but it's not.
I looked for joint problems, anything leaking or rubbing, but no sign.
It's getting worse and I'm afraid it will leave me stranded.
Anyone had this issue?
#1523 of 2589 Re: Questions about new Jeep Purchase... [jeepandy]
Jul 06, 2005 (12:52 pm)
1. Yes, the mileage does goes up as the vehicle is towed.
2. Mileage depends on many factors. What's your driving style? Does it have the factory size tires on it? Has it been lifted? What's the axle ratios? Make sure none of the brakes are dragging to start. I have a completely stock '01 XJ with 70k miles. My normal daily commute covers roughly 85 miles with about 75% being open highway using cruise control. I usually get between 19.5 and 21 mpg.
3. Jump over to the Jeep Wrangler thread. Ask a fella with the screen name of "tsjay". He can tell you how to get the build sheet for your XJ.
#1524 of 2589 Spark plug upgrade on a 99XL 4.0 Q's?
Jul 06, 2005 (9:03 pm)
My Jeep only mechanic. Says changing to a different spark plug other than the factory champion plug will cause the check engine light to go off, and potentionaly cause other problems? ? I've had 3 sets of plugs, in 10K, most likely do to a REALLY bad fuel pump ( Just fully replaced ), and to much combustion chamber cleaner. I have always used Split Fires, or other high end plugs on other vehicles. Is what he says true? I would like to get longer life, performace, and gas milage. With out any check engin problems etc? Has any had any success?