causes for overheating?

Asked by Sep 24, 2010 at 06:54 PM about the 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4-Door 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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first, is your coolant full? second, check your fan, if it is belt driven then dont worry about it. second i would check your thermostat. on a 1996 unless previously replaced odds are it has gone bad

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i had that problem with my 95 jeep i put new thermostat in still had the overheating problem then i replaced the hoses that didn't solve the problem then i put new radiator that solved the problem lucky for me that my hubby is a mechanic and he owned 2 previous jeep before this one i reccomend u to get a new radiator if the thermostat doesn't solve the problem.

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Also the 96 cherokees have a clutched fan and a secondary electric fan that kicks on to cool the motor if it gets to hot it could be simple as a fuse. If you have a small leak in the host or radiator it will over heat since its a pressure system. :-)

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calen, where would this fuse you're speaking of be at? I have a 96 sport 2-door, and would it be the same?

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I have a 1996 Jeep Cherokee it keeps overheating when I drive it I have to turn the AC on so the electric cooling fan won't kick on and off is that a good thing or is it supposed to kick on and off without turning the AC on

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my 2004 jeep Cherokee is over heating can't afford to pay to do much with it what can i do till i can.

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I'm a car dealer in the bay area. I just bought one of these cherokees (first time) for selling to the public. Well, I had the same overheat issue. These cars are about as good as a Cadillac - i.e. I'll NEVER buy another one again fuor resale. Switched out thermostat and radiator. I'm a mediocre mechanic meaning I can figure out most problems using some diagnostic tests so I gave the car to a buddy who is a mechanic and together we couldn't figure out how to resolve the issue. I will note that I had the 4.7 engine and that I found that some electrical harness is often a culprit so you have to switch that out with a hydraulic power steering pump. In addition to this discovery we found an article that states that the metal used on the engine that actually nests against the water pump - that corrodes and because of that - your engine is basically shot. We tested the block for head gasket, warped / cracked head...and we did a diagnostic to see if the water pump was working and it was...DO NOT BUY *UCKING JEEPS!!!! THEY ARE CRAP!!! I sell tons of BMW X5's and X3's - QUALITY CAR - WAY BETTER THAN USA CRAP JEEPS. Here is the link to the metal corrosion deal - F U Jeep...BUILD BETTER CARS!

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