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Changing my 1989 from 4 wheel drive to 2 wheel drive and Anti-Locking Braking System

Hi, I have a 1989 Jeep Cherokee. It is a 4 wheel drive, but I messed up my transfer case and my mechanic can't seem to find one and/or they are way pass my budget. Well, he told me since we can't find a transfer case, he would make it into a 2 wheel drive and just replace the rear drive axle shaft. I need my Jeep up and running asap so I said okay. Now, the problem is that we need to know if it has ABS. I was told to look on my dashboard and I would see (all the way in the lower left hand corner) an Anti-Lock light, but all the lights are dark. When I turn the key in my ignition and the lights do come on, the one all the way at the bottom (which according to my owner's manual) should be the Anti-Lock button, but unfortunately, it doesn't light up at all so I can't see what is says or if it says anything at all, however, according to my manual, it should have it. My mechanic said it was not and he looked at my brake pedal and said it would have Anti-Lock on it if it was. Is there any other way I can find out if it has ABS or Anti-Lock Braking System? Also, I went to the auto parts store and ordered the part #53008134, which is a drive axle shaft, but when I looked it up, that part should be used for the 1991 and older Jeep Cherokee Limited. They asked me what kind of Jeep I had and I told them a regular, 1989 Jeep Cherokee and they told me it was listed in their computer as a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Limited. How can I find out exactly what kind of Jeep I have? The manual just says 1989 Jeep Cherokee.

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Ok toni, the drive axle shaft should fit both the Limited and your 'regular' Cherokee. They are the same exact vehicle except for trim items, factory wheels, mostly cosmetic stuff, and the limited comes w/ a lot of options. Engine and drive train components would be the same, except that the Limited didn't offer a standard 4 cyl. and I don't think it came w/ a standard trans, only automatic. Does your Jeep have the 4.0 in-line 6 cyl and auto trans? If it does they're identicle.
As far as the abs goes, I think it's time to get a new mechanic. ABS equipped vehicles have sensors on all 4 wheels, this should be something a mechanic would know, and could check rather easily. The most obvious is to pull a wheel and look for a gear/sprocket type mechanism (called a tone wheel) behind the wheel hub. Actually, u can just check under the hood, the abs system has a lot more to its components than regular brakes. ABS system has a pressure modulator, along w/ the 4 wheel sensors. Let me know if u have any questions. good luck! countrycurt0

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An ABS system will have wheel sensors installed. Remove one of your wheels and look for a wiring harness that runs to your steering knuckle(the part that you brake rotor and strut is attached to. Also, either you front half shaft or brake rotor will have what looks like gear teeth on them. These are the magnets the sensor reads. If your Jeep has either of these it has an ABS system. Secondly the chassis on the Cherokees should be the same irregardless of trim level (limited vs regular). These trim levels affect the interior trim and power extras only not the mechanical parts.

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