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Ive tried to replace my pcm in my 94 jeep grand cherokee with used ones from a junkyard. I made sure part # was exact and made sure vehicles they came from did not have security systems. All three times I tried different pcm's it would fire right up and die. What am I doing wrong? Ive read other forums that said they went to a junkyard and matched the part # and it worked great for them.

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    Jason Reed Nov 21, 2013

    Thanks. My jeep runs with the origanal computer but It misfires bad until you warm it up and drive it a while. Thats why I was trying to swap the computer in it. Im curious why It wont run with any of the used computers Ive tried even with the same part # and no security?

  • montehammons Nov 21, 2013

    I see. Good question-I don't know, but it may be that your original computer might be doing the same thing now??? Or have you put it back in? Sounds like you may have a sticking valve or lifter problem-I would try a compression test to see if you could find a problem that way. Try to determine if the misfire is isolated to a single cylinder, or if it's all over the engine. A single cylinder could be an injector problem, possibly ignition, and possibly mechanical.

  • Jason Reed
    Jason Reed Nov 21, 2013

    yes I put the original comp back in. starts right up. idles fine but misfires bad if you accelerate to 2000 rpm or above. If you put it in reverse you can barely get it to move or it will die.The more it warms up the better it gets. the more you drive it the better it gets. Just left it at the dealership for a week and they have no answer without tearing into guesses that will cost money.

  • Jason Reed
    Jason Reed Nov 21, 2013

    No one can make sense of the fact that its so much worse in reverse than in drive. But if you were to drive it for 30 miles you would never know it had an issue.reverse works perfect ,fuel mileage goes back up to at least 14. It shows around 8 or 9 mpg if not fully warmed.

  • Jason Reed
    Jason Reed Nov 21, 2013

    Your right though I need to figure out if its certain cylinders misfiring. Passed compression test, fuel pressure test. been on a scanner numerous times, doesnt throw a code. I keep hoping its a loose connection in a plug or wire harness. Its getting frustrating

  • Oliver Henderson
    Oliver Henderson Dec 06, 2013

    PCM grounding out? Reverse "pulls" it in the opposite direction....Back the screws off?


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3 times, same symptoms-must be something else. Check crank position sensor and cam position sensor. Crank sensor is for ignition timing-advance and retard. Cam sensor is for fuel injector synchronization. If one is bad, it may cause problems like yours. Just a suggestion.

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SOURCE: 1994 Jeep Grand Cheroke engine dies every few miles

This is 100% certainly the "CKP" or crank possition sesor. I had the same problem on my SE 4.0L cherokee, i replaced the ignition pack - leads, dizzy cap, coil as the dizzy cap had major dirt and arc marks inside, king pin lead was loosing connection when warm also.
However this did not solve my problem, it helped, thats it.

I then used the in car diognostic system to see what that told me, sure enough - code 11, code 12 and code 55. meanings as follows.

11- no signal from crankshaft sensor
12 - main battery power disconnected
55- end of test

Once i replaced the crank shaft sensor and disconnected the battery for 30 mins to reset all fault codes it removed code 11.

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SOURCE: 94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Problom

1994 is the same as 1997. parts are interchangeable

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