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Jeep Cherokee Grand Cherokee Do It Yourself Solutions

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  • baldbald Posts: 2
    I need to change a water pump on a 200 grand cherokee. It has a 4.0 liter engine. Any tips or helpful tricks would be appreciated
  • louie619louie619 Posts: 1
    Since no one replied to your question, I had to do the R & R on the 97 Grand Cherokee without any helpful hints.
    I took a quick look at the work manual at Autozone and went to work.

    1) lift out fan and shroud at the same time--only two nuts at the top hold the shroud in place; the lower shroud tabs just fits into slots down below (great idea)--4 nuts hold fan assembly to pulley. (these take a little time to remove and replace)

    2) Loosen idler tension bolt on power steering assembly to loosen serpentine belt and remove.

    3) Loosen 3 bolts from front that hold power steering bracket to power steering pump/intake manifold and remove one bolt that holds power steering bracket to block.

    4) Remove the one bolt that holds the idler that is on other side of pump and remove idler.

    5) Remove the four water pump bolts, tap the pump to break seal, and remove from engine. Clean gasket off block.

    6) Replace thermostat while it's easy--we got the correct one at the dealer with the little ball valve (only $1 more than wrong one from Autozone) Replace upper and lower radiator hoses and serpentine belt with new.

    7) Remove rigid pipe from top of old pump and install on new pump (I used thread sealant)

    8) Remove pulley studs from old pump and install on new pump.

    7) Replacement of pump is the reversal of removal !!
    PS: use some type of gasket cement on water pump gasket -I used 'right stuff' on this one.
  • tebertsteberts Posts: 18
    Does anyone know how to remove and install new headlight assemblies in a 97 JGC? I have searched the threads but no real answer.
  • xscoutxscout Posts: 141
    If you reach behind the headlight, there is an electrical connector there. Pull it off by lifting the lock tab slightly. Remove the grill off the Jeep. From here on it's a yank job! Pull hard straight out on the bottom first and then repeat on the top. The assembly just pops off, there are no screws! Remember not to touch the bulb, the natural oils on your fingers are enough to cause it to fail. Clean with alcohol if need be.
  • bgaffordbgafford Posts: 5
    how hard would you say this was to do? also could you give me some tips on how to remove the fan i looked at it earlier and i could not figure it out. any information would be helpful and I thank you!
  • bgaffordbgafford Posts: 5
    also what were the signs that your water pump was going out? my jeep grand cherokee is making a loud wining noise at the front of the vehicle, when the belt is taken off and the car is run for a min. the sound is not there, i have taken off the alternator thinking it was it and replaced the idler pulley but no go the sound is still there any suggestions
  • georgedageorgeda Posts: 7
    I would like to find a how to on changing the plugs - removing the coil packs etc.
  • My fan assembly no longer works at all and needs to be replaced. What I'm wondering is how intricate this repair is and whether it is something an owner (with intermediate auto skills) could do on their own?

    Does anyone have an idea of where I could find manuals for assistance?
  • nissronnissron Posts: 1
    I replaced the halogen bulbs in my 98 Nissan Altima. Unhooked Neg. battery cable. Replaced high beam fuses in engine compartment. No matter how many times I re-connect and disconnect, high/low beam operation is reversed, and sometimes opposite for each light. Any idea for fix?
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    what engine you have autozone lets you get tools for removeal of fan clutch they also should have a hanes manual with removeal instructions
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    wrong bulbs
    wire hooked up wrong?
    if worked befor you changed bulbs they auta work with new bulbs if put back together as taken apart
  • georgedageorgeda Posts: 7
    I need info about removing the coil pack cover and replacing the plugs. I have no idea what has to be removed to get to them.
    Also what was the original factory plug used?
  • I have an inline 6. I looked at Auto Zone...they do not have repair manuals for a 2001 JGC. Thank you though! Do you know of anywhere else?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    You might get lucky with one of the free links in the Online Repair Manuals Guide. There are some paid sources linked there too.
  • pjc4pjc4 Posts: 1
    All you have to do is loosen the four bolts on the coil pack and pull the coil pack straight out and the wires will release from the plugs.if you still cant do it buy ahaynes servise manual cost $17.00 tells you how to do every thing your self step by step. :)
  • georgedageorgeda Posts: 7
    Thanks for the reply.
    I bought a Haynes manual, but found it so lacking in info on the 04 I4 that I returned it.
    I ended up buying a CD on E-Bay that factory shop manual is a factory shop manual. It only cost $9 including shipping. I have to get used to using the CD as in the past I always bought the paper FSMs.
    I was also directed to a web site that had a "how to" with pictures.
  • I just sold my old car and now i have a 96 Jeep Cherokee Country. The jeep still belongs to my dad so i cant install my stereo and speakers my usual way(rip everything out and hope it goes back together). Anyways, i am having trouble taking my wood grain face plate off. I have removed all of the screws but i can not pull it off without taking the plastic case around the base of the steering wheel off. Is there any way of doing this without taking it into a shop. Also if i pop out the screens to the roof mounted speakers in the trunk will i be able to but it back on or better yet would it be possible to put my 6 1/2's in the back.
    any help at all would be appreciated
    sorry for such a long message
  • gjengogjengo Posts: 3
    I am trying to replace my oil pan since the other blew a hole in the pan where the drain plug is, do I have to undo the motor mounts and raise the engine to get it out? THanx Jimmy
  • gjengogjengo Posts: 3
    DO I need to undo the motor mounts and raise the engine to get the pan out and the new one in???
  • c_nissec_nisse Posts: 3
    Just did mine and was able to loosen the 4 bolts holding the coil and just wiggle it loose and slide in enough out of the way to get to the plugs without having to disconnect and remove the coil. There was some creative socket wrenching involved, but definitely not rocket science.
  • My husband and I recently purchased a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ) to be our new rock crawler. I was wondering if anyone on here has had any experience in lifting the wj, outside of just the spacers? We are planning on running 35's.
  • geppergepper Posts: 1
    I was out of town all winter last year and my battery was ruined. My boy friend tried to jump start it using a large battery charger/jump starter hooked on the the battery posts. This didn't work and I had to replace the battery. Now I get power to everything but the ignition switch. Nothing that works that is supposed to when the key is on.
    4 inline fuses from the battery seem to be OK, but still no ignition. Fuse panel has power. Anyone know where else to check.
  • If you can use a volt meter or know someone who can, there are some fuses on the passenger fender that you need to check.

    They are not your typical fuses, but if you lift the cover on the fender, you can traced the positive battery terminal wires to a silver box with seven wires coming out of it : )

    This is kind of like a nerve central relay, and if any of those wires are burnt, then you will need to replace the fuses there, which happens alot with battery jumps, other electrical spikes.

    Trust me, had it happen when our insurance carrier forced me to install a anti theft system.


    Keep the rubber side pointed down, or at least sideways : )
  • hey, i'm new to this site,and i need the size & gradeof bolt for track bar ,anyone know?
  • sorry that's for a '92 laredo 4x4
  • I just returned from the "hell" of replacing my lenses, also on a '97. I suggest letting the dealer do it, but if you insist; the lenses are help in place by 3 snap on fittings (hard to describe but you can see them with a good shoplight. Don't worry about breaking the old ones during removal. The hell is getting the new ones back in place. Hint: I used a rubber hammer to force the snaps/probes into the new lenses. P.S. I broke one turn signal lense during the installation, and now have one of those on order. They, thankfully, I hope, are easy to replace.
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