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1988 Jeep Cherokee Overview

Thanks to its rugged construction, tough Quadra-Link Suspension, and reputation for reliability, the 1988 Jeep Cherokee continued to hang onto its niche in the ever-growing compact SUV market. A tough, reliable vehicle for passenger and business use, the '88 Cherokee was a strong seller in the US, as well as increasingly popular in the international market.

Some of the features that had made earlier SJ-Series Cherokees so popular with the off-road set remained in the XJ-Series Cherokee. High ground clearance and rugged four-wheel drive took the 1988 Cherokee over a variety of terrains with ease; its hefty metal construction enabled it to brave the elements and the wilderness.

The previous year's introduction of a new fuel-injected inline-6 proved to be a boon to the Cherokee's popularity. The '88 Jeep Cherokee shipped off the line with a 2.5 liter AMC inline-4, clocked at 121 horsepower; as of this model year, buyers could upgrade to a new 4.0 liter AMC fuel-injected inline-6, which put out a healthy 173 horsepower.

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Why Does It Start Then Die

I have determined that the wire that plugs into the starter relay, its next to the battery with a letter "F" that is orange with a black stripe has power when you place the ignition switch in the star...

Start, No Run Condition With And 88 Cherokee.

I have replaced the crankshaft position sensor several times with different manufacturers. Presently getting.4 volts at the sensor. Have replaced or substituted virtually every component. At one ...


I have a 1988 jeep Cherokee. I just replaced my blower because it was pushing out little to no air now it blows out great but it barely even warm. What would be the issue when it's not blowing hot...

Jeep Will Not Start

I have a 1988 jeep Cherokee Laredo. I have replaced my lifters (because they were ticking), coil, starter, starter solenoid, distributor, distributor cap and rotor, battery, fuel pump. I have checke...


My jeep has an issue with the rear blinkers and brake lights but front blinkers work and head lights the only lights that work in the back is the standing lights when headlights are on