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1997 grand cherokee keeps acting like losing power, backfires and randomly shuts off and now it wont start again...any suggestions??

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Check the computer inputs and outputs voltages

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Timing belt may have slipped. usually if the engine starts to back fire and then lose power the timing belt is loose. would check this and replace if it looks suspect. also timing belts should be changed at a certain time or miles witch ever is the grater. average is 4-6 years on a engine that don't do meany miles 2-4 years on a heavy run engine.

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SOURCE: 1997 jeep grand cherokee backfires

check for leaks in exhaust ahead of converter, check cap and rotor for tracking between contacts, code check for fuel and other faults.

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SOURCE: 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8. limited addition shuts off.

fuel filter is clogged try replacing it

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SOURCE: 1997 Grand Cherokee. Tail gate wont open. Handle

These rear hatches have a cheesy rod and clip setup. You have to remove the panel from inside, you have to loosen the screws around the hatch and pull it away and reach in down toward the latch and open it that way so you can get the 2 screws out of the bottom easier. There is a peice of plastic in these that's a dust barrier, try not to tear it up too badly, and when you go to put it back, I use a spray adhesive to stick it back on while I put the panel back on. after you get it open you will see a rod with what looks like threads hanging there attached to nothing, and a little thing that has 2 notched areas and a clip to hold that rod into those 2 notches. bend the clip down to make it tighter and then force the rod back into place that should fix your problems. If that's all in place then it's the latch mechanism, usually they can't be fixed because parts aren't available, just have to buy a new one and put it in.

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Actually if the gauges work on and off and when they do go off usually you have no power windows as well.

Under your center console, unplug the airbag module and this should solve your problem

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SOURCE: Have a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.5 Diesel. Idles

Change fuel filter and air filter. If that doesn;t help you may have a fuel transfer pump pressure problem.

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