20 Most Recent 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport Questions & Answers

Sounds like the Crankshaft Position Sensor. Do you have any codes?

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 08, 2019

Those trucks were riddled with wiring issues as the wiring conduit aged. Most common areas for concern are in the harness where it runs along the frame on the drivers side to the pcm, the firewall on the passenger side, and the injector wiring. In a couple scenarios, we have seen sensors and coil packs short and blow fuses too. Find the fuse. Then obtain a wire diagram for that circuit and find out which wires power flows through and start looking for chafed or melted wires. Very common on those older jeeps. This is very tedious and time consuming work. There are test methods that help to narrow the focus, but dont know what you have for tools or your abilities. Hope this helps

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Feb 02, 2019

You may have to prime the fuel pump. Or replace the fuel pump if that does not work. Why do you let it run out of gas? This is definately not good for an injected motor. It will continue to cause more and more problems. Fuel injectors should never run dry.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 16, 2018

In a 96 Jeep not many sensors are involved. Basically Fuel and spark delivery at right time should start car if your Starter is able to crank the Engine.
If engine is cranking then the battery is Okay. Check Spark directly at the spark plugs and fuel pressure at the fuel rail. You may pull out one spark plug and check spark out of engine.
Try spraying Starting fluid in Air Intake while cranking. If Jeep starts then not enough fuel is being delivered by fuel pump. If you find no spark at plugs then check circuit for starter relay, Crank sensor/cam sensor problems.
A kill switch or bad Alarm system can also cause this problem.
Here is the Elec Diagram:

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1996 Jeep... | Answered on Feb 12, 2018

It's called the heater water valve. Look carefully to see where it is leaking from. It could be a bad hose end or loose hose clamp. The part is only abour $20. Search from over 10 Million Auto Parts

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jan 27, 2018

run the fault codes
indicates dirty oil or problem in the oil pressure regulator /filter or servos

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jan 20, 2018

Oh Oh, better take that to a garage. When under power there is no knock but idling there is a knock? Sounds like a bearing on the crankshaft. To find out start and let it idle then disconnect and then reconnect the sparkplug wires one at a time. If the knocking stops, that cylinder is bad In any event it is bad news, rebuild or new engine
Sorry, Merry Christmas

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Dec 21, 2017

RAD FAN IT IS. Engine cooling fan.
redux 1, 1996 XJ, 4.0L engine.
Rad fan, only.
RAD fan on,with PCM wanting it OFF. bypass.

or want fan to run fording streams. NO.
ask your offroad buddies what fording streams means. (hint it's not FORD car)
We do this offroad so the fan blades dont crash and break off, as they hit deep water.
posted vast times the free schematic, off the FSM book. links.
then chapter 8w (wiring)
then fan in index.
then , easy no?
pdf page 19 is the real index.
PAGE exact. XJ.
8w 42-9 is relay,pdf page 223
so lets go there.
WIRE COLOR ANSWERED !! below. 1st page of 8w show what color codes mean on all jeeps made.
the DB-PK wire on the relay D13
if grounded by any switch turns on the relay and fan.
do not use 12v power there or say goodbye to PCM. boom. (it will blow it up)
even grounding it can... (avoid the $500+ mistakes)

the free FSM

pg 223 pdf page, chapter 8w,
Relay FAN. ECU runs it there are no thermal switches, the ECT readings do all this. and very well.
the coil has 12vdc power keyon, the other rlay pin is hot all time.bat pin
top right.

see my switch ?if you use center off version switch
mark center FORD
eg: normal(pcm), ford, BYpass (or active)
or normal, dead, force on.


the first image is the risky way... but some do that. just SPST switch. (2 pins toggle, id use the 3pin way)

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jul 17, 2016

You have either a shorted wire or a shorted component in that circuit.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jul 13, 2016

your heater is leaking

1996 Jeep... | Answered on May 30, 2016

there are 2 fuses for the cluster
did you check them first?
the cluster has a self test.
run that yet
see 1996 here.
instrument chapter.
see self test. bingo.
then see wiring page. (posted over 200 times here)
scan the pcm for network bus error to cluster? yet?

8w-40-1 (wiring chapter)

pdc fuse 16 and jb 9

fuses good.
if the self test passes? (it will i bet with fuses ok)
that means the PCM can;t talk to the cluster on the
CCD bus network
and will have scan errors. so scan it
why wait?

all meters run off of live data transmitted to cluster
same as your screen you are looking a now. (PC)
some lamps are hard wired, like ABS. etc.
but above is gauge answers.

ive told this story now many times.. here.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Feb 06, 2016

takes 3 thing at the proper time fuel, spark, air and being in time .

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jan 31, 2016

Does the engine spin with key in start position ? A engine cranks no start , or no crank no start . Fixing Car That Cranks But Doesn Start Up No Crank No Start Diagnosis EricTheCarGuy

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jan 31, 2016

List everything. Do you have spark and fuel and fuel pressure?

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jan 30, 2016


This vehicle does not have a Transmission Control Module.
Transmission control is accomplished through the Engine Control Module or Powertrain Control Module.

The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is located in the right-rear side of the engine compartment.


I hope this helps you.



1996 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 25, 2015

Have the trans serviced, and check the trans speed sensor. But I'm afraid it sounds like something in the trans is worn out or broken. Could just be something in the valve body, but that's doubtful with this type of problem. The one thing cheaper than a trans that it could be is the torque converter. A shop will have to check that.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 30, 2015

just like all like clutches.
it has a bleed valve on the slave, at the bell housing
you bleed it just like brakes.
google that
or youtube that.
10000s or examples. there.
or read the FSM book>

posted this answer vast times.. and link 100.s

click boxes for car, then clutch chapter and read.
but does not cover bleeding, this is base line automech 101 knowledge. the book assumes you know 3 things.
1: constant loss of fluid and why.
2: air is system renders it dead.
3: how to bleed clutch and brakes (same) 5ways but same.

  1. gravity bled
  2. 2 man way.
  3. vacuum bleeding
  4. forward pressure bled at cap
  5. reverse bled at slave.
most times it takes 2 ways, in list, unless #5 is done.
air floats up hill is why and clutch lines are vertical. (hard to do)

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 03, 2015

There is a freeze plug in the back of the head, hard to see with the head on/engine in vehicle. It will be right next to the firewall with the engine in the vehicle.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Feb 27, 2015

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