20 Most Recent 1997 Jeep Cherokee Questions & Answers

What are you going to do with the shift control module , as you call it ? It's called a TCM - transmission control module . Are you going to change it in hopes it fixes your problem , if it is a problem . Do you have a factory scan tool an service repair information ? If you change the module it will need programming more then likely . Do yourself a favor an take your vehicle to a qualified repair shop.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Jun 27, 2019

Check your fuel pressure, you should be at 32-35 psi, if it's too low, you wont get enough fuel to meet the demands. it could also be your crankshaft position sensor, that should give you a check engine light.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 08, 2019

could be the switch one side not working test with meter

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Oct 26, 2017

Look for mounting screws on the under the hood side of the fuse box

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Sep 14, 2017

Could be the master cylinder.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on May 04, 2017

all answers USA on USA cars,only. (exports are diffr)
so if you didnt scan it when it fails, how would you ever find the truth? (if no errors. then it can be pure mechanical failure)
the car has TCM a tranny brain.
its covered in the SM, read that chapter yet.
on newer cars if the Tranny overheats or engine both can go to LIMPHOME< but your car is not even close to new, is it?
Jeep calls that LIMP-in.
my guess (sux) is its the 4.0L engine with matching AW4 box
it wise to know whats there first. before trying to understand it
a FACT !
so did you google search AW4 boxes. , i bet not.
but they are unique. as all different boxes are.

is the CEL lamp glowing running, Check engine lamp
PDC fuse 16 ok (4L,aw4) TCM power, must be good at all times.

is the throttle valve cable to transmission stuck out?
if it does, the TCM and trans will either go nuts, or shift way late.


the TCM shifts using solenoids, we check that the signals to said solenoid actually do go to the correct voltage levels
in to 3rd. (you said stuck in 2nd)
if that is ok, then the TCM did it job and the problem is INSIDE the box. end story, we use remote test meters to monitor wires driving.


chapter 21 and 8w are free to read here any time you wish
posted over 300 times the Jeep Bible (SM)

click XJ

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 25, 2017

read the SM yet,
its free,
here it is again, posted over 300 times
p0700 means your scan tool is a toy. (place marker for A/t failures)

USA cars
XJ jeep

1899 right> typed wrong?

tells you the park /neutral switch is bad, PRNDL
the book also shows, where that is and now to remove it.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 14, 2017

just happened or you bought it like this, ?
all else works (my other shoe drops/)? car drives ok , even at night?
well that wiring to those 2 wires are shorted together.
i guess you meant the cluster warning lamps?. or the cluster back lamps? or are you talking courtsey lamps? (they glow head lamps on)/? no sure what DASH means (as they say,location,location location) 4000 parts on a car, so.... location matter

the cluster power is fuse 17, key on. white-blk wire.
that runs the whole cluster, but back light illumination lamps
back lights are on the dimmer knob.

defroster, the front glass HVAC defroster, knob.
or the rear glass heater defroster, which end of car, ?
rear glass heater is the BK/Rd wire (black-red)
powered by a RELAY , this wire is shorted. to dash xxxxxxx
if i knew what DASH means, id get way more accurate.
I have the drawing btw.
can do all electrics.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Jan 16, 2017

is it too much to ask
is trans auto or manual?
mine manual.

try to know all cars are not all the same.
some are 2wd, others are 4wd,
autos and sticks.
count those 4 permutations. there.

wild guess, 2wd jeep
XJ jeep 97 < same as my mail lady uses.
has a/T
the cable is broken from shift lever to box.
or worse. looking at the cable , is a top idea.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Dec 29, 2016

post 2 times, why?
why not say, this,
my shift lever shows.
PRNDL (this is called and automatic)
drive is dead, low is dead, Reverse works. only.
in drive its reverse,
in low its reverse.
this can be a simple bad ,dead shift cable.
all it takes is looking at end of cable to find this truth, 2 persons, 1 shifts, other LOOKS. bingo.
or not. if not the cable the box is toast.

this is called a manual transmission. a stick.
gear 1,2,3,4,5,fails, but R, reverse is all i get out of my manual trans, (rare is hens teeth but fixed many like it) bad shift rails, or detents.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Dec 29, 2016

Do you have a check engine light on or any codes ? This could narrow your problem. If your crank sensor was the problem before, might of gotten a defective new part. Check the warranty.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Nov 20, 2016

Possible bad coolant temp sensor.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Sep 20, 2016

Depends on the engine, but if you follow the canter wire coming out of the distributor you are going to end up at the coil.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Jun 19, 2015

It's more then likely the sending unit in the fuel tank but you should have checked first . This vehicle's fuel send units input is to the PCM - powertrain control module not directly to the fuel gauge . The fuel level information is sent from the PCM on the CCD data communication network to which the instrument cluster reads it . It would be best to have a factory scan tool hooked up to see what's up ! Chrysler Data Bussing CCD SCI Data Lines Tech Tip Diagnostic News

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 20, 2015

its in the glove box book, lost that?
or read the FSM , it s free.

there be, see wiring, its all there.

posted 100s of time. ever search?

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 31, 2015

so you are saying, A/T transmission problems.
do elaborate, its a complex system there.
does reverse work ok.
did you check fuses first.
then check AFT fluid levels using oper guide method not guessing?
scan it yet, using any cheap scan tool (you or any shop)
if you see p07xx errors (DTC) those are real, post em.
last is a full flush and filter. inside,

the transmisson may be electronically shifted, like the AW4 is,
you never stated what trans is there, and that does matter.
if inputs to the TCM are wrong it will not shift at all.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 28, 2015

Assuming this is an automatic, the linkage could be caught between gears. This happens when a motor mount is broken and the engine has been punched to high rpms. As the engine rocks over, the linkage comes out of alignment.

Place in Park, Turn the engine off. Open the hood and manually pull the throttle cable wide open as far as it will go. Repeat a few times. While you are there check all three cables as they attach to the throttle bracket. If all is well the next start up should be fine.

1997 Jeep... | Answered on Feb 27, 2015

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