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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:12 PM

I bought a 97 Grand Cherokee for my daughter this week. Has issues, but got it for $400. Sat for the last 2 years, but I put in a battery and she fired up & drove the 10 miles home. Trans has the main issues. The overdrive he said had quit, the OD lockout light staying on. But I liked to have never gotten it to shift out of 1st gear. Finally it did about 1/2 mile out of town where I bought it, then finally went into 3rd, but never OD. Been the last 2 days of any spare time messing with it. Finally got it running smoother after some Seafoam in the gas. Then today being I was off, I spent most of the day tinkering with it. I disconnected the kickdown cable to the trans and swapped out the TPS, and now it shifts through all gears fine, even OD! BUT, after running several miles, the OD lockout light came on again and stayed on. Later I went out again & drove it a few miles....OD light out & shifting thru all 4 fine. I'll get her figured out sooner or later. Has a lot of clearcoat coming off, and interior could be better, but I have a parts 97 Cherokee with a near mint interior to swap out if/when I get all the mechanical fixed. 4WD linkages are frozen, but shouldn't be a biggie.
Wish me luck!!!

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:29 PM

After you get the bugs out of it, it will be a good, dependable ride for her. Just remind her they can be a little on the top-heavy side on corners.

Good buy for $400, they'd have gotten 3/4 of that at a junk yard here.

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:34 PM

Congratz on the buy Dan, glad you are starting to figure it out. Hope it does well, and double check ALL the safety features to make sure they will be there IF they are needed.

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:40 PM

After you get the bugs out of it, it will be a good, dependable ride for her. Just remind her they can be a little on the top-heavy side on corners.

Good buy for $400, they'd have gotten 3/4 of that at a junk yard here.


Yep, it would bring a solid $300+ here too for scrap, so it wasn't much of a gamble. I'm on my 4th Cherokee now. Love em! If I had to, a rebuilt trans would be worth it I think. One ready to go runs minimum of $2500 here, so I can put some $'s into it & still be money ahead. She doesn't mind at all my having 100's of hours labor into it! LOL
The engine is a low miles replacement. Got this Jeep from my wife's cousin. If I get ALL the bugs out of it, then I'll likely repaint it, but with acrylic enamel instead of basecoat/clear. There I go....getting ahead of myself again! LOL

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:44 PM

Hope the tranny issues go away. Good luck with it!

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:44 PM

Congratz on the buy Dan, glad you are starting to figure it out. Hope it does well, and double check ALL the safety features to make sure they will be there IF they are needed.


So you're saying the brakes are critical? Dang....more work! :bigrofl: Yes, the MOST important thing is safety. It had 31x10.50's on it & handled like a tank. I put stock wheels/tires on the front & drives much better now. My parts Cherokee just has 3 wheels, so I'll have to get another at the scrapyard once I dial the mechanics in. The 31x10.50's are good tires & on Alloy rims, so I'll put them up for sale to pay for parts needed. They should go for $150 to $200 for the set.

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:46 PM

Didn't know they made hot pink acrylic enamel...
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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:48 PM

Didn't know they made hot pink acrylic enamel...


Kaylin just said no to the pink! LOL

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 08:50 PM

Wow Alan, that is a heck of a JEEP, that's a wow lol.

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 09:14 PM

Wow Alan, that is a heck of a JEEP, that's a wow lol.


Bet it comes with a pink belly shirt. Still have yours?

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 09:34 PM

Bet it comes with a pink belly shirt. Still have yours?

I am sure it is under the seat of my new Bush Hog, just waiting for me lol.

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Posted November 20, 2011 - 10:31 PM

What a Deal Dan for Family time is nothing. Sure worth the money as junk is so high.

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Posted November 21, 2011 - 11:50 AM

Nice buy Daniel. Being retired I don't have time for all the projects you seem to take on:smile1:
I just recently sold my jeep Wrangler to my Son and surprisingly his wife is the one that likes to drive it.
Did your Jeep come with the 4.0 engine? Those old 7 main bearing engines are tough.

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Posted November 21, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Heck of a deal Daniel. Hope you get the bug worked out.
Kinda sounds like a poor connection, Check all the wire harness plugs for any corrosion or loose pins.

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Posted November 21, 2011 - 12:38 PM

It does have the 4.0 engine....stone solid powerplants! Only my very first Cherokee had a different engine....the 2.8V6 GM engine.....very weak. All the others 4.0 & love the engines. Swapped out the map sensor & idle compensator. Runs a bit smoother. Drove it about 15 miles today & shifting great! Got a bottle of "Seafoam Trans Tune" that I'll put in later today. Have stalls to fill with sawdust first.




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