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Intermittent overheating on 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Water pump, radiator, theromstat replace in last 2 mo. When driving the temp runs around 220 then jumps to 260 (red) where it stays for 30s to 1 min and drops back down to 220. This cycle repeats frequetly while driving or idling.

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I had this same problem on a taurus and did all the things you did and found out after that the coolant reserviour bottle had a crack in the bottom of it

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Sounds like a sticky thermostat. Not unheared of even though fairly new. Just double check rad fan comes on at about the 220 mark, and not at 260 mark.

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Fig. 6: Water pump mounting bolt locations



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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Open the radiator valve and drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove the cooling fan and shroud as an assembly.
  4. Remove the accessory drive belt.
  5. Remove the water pump pulley from the hub.
  6. Disconnect the hoses from the water pump.

Keep in mind that Grand Cherokee have two sizes engines 4.0 and 5.2L (this last engine is the mine)...

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