20 Most Recent 1996 Jeep Cherokee Country Questions & Answers

1996 was a hybrid year for the cherokee, they started using the newer computers in half of the jeeps...you can plug in your vin to see if you have the newer one, if you don't, you can put a 95 or older computer in it without flashing it. Do you have any codes?

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 08, 2019

That year jeep has had problems with the fuse panel being loose and the connections between the two halves are intermittent.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on May 20, 2017

is this car in USA< on this USA forum or elsewhere?
tossing coin now, lands..
USA 96 XJ jeeps. guess 4Liters. inline 6.
what engine is there we cant GUESS engine yet,we dumbbbbb
its not 4wd caused. !!! or transmission caused !!!
cranks but does not start.
has many causes, fuses tops list on all cars made and 10x with EFI.
what matters in now , all cars ran before, now matters, only.
USA answers for GAS engines not diesel.

1: got spark, my guess is no, but this is next.
2: the dashcluster , key on does CEL glow? if not, fuses are blown.
CEL means check engine lamp. it must glow, key on.

3: then SKIM lamp if car has security, feature it must glow then go out and not flash, nor stay one while cranking, if it does key secuity.
i think only Europe had this in 1996 , not USA>
aka: VTA,VTSS,SKIM and SKIL (or in English IMMO LAMP)
as in immobilized, if in uSA its not there. best guess..
the 2second rules applies to all jeeps.
on usa cars, the ASD relay
It may fail to energize if yes, fails, then spark is ended.
the ASD relay pulls in (energizes) and you crank
then the ASD drops before engine starts or runs for 2seconds and stop, if YES< that means the PCM (ecu) did that on purpose
and only SCANNING the PCM with any scan tool ever made
1996 to now, USA, works.
all do. scan it. see DTC errors, bingo why ASD drops
there are 7 reasons for the DROP and all show a DTC error.


1996 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 30, 2017

I am an experienced Technician , have over 30 years in the business , Chevy , Cadillac , Ford , Chrysler . An sonny your not old enough to be experienced. > sounds more like your like most people who post on here a glorified parts changer .

i believe its a bad TPS that i have already replaced 3 times. but i balieve the TPS is giving a dead spot and probably an off injector pulse width.???????????

WE TEST , NOT GUESS ! Take it to a quaified repair shop ,or go to a good automotive technology program an learn the correct way to fix automotive electronics . The industry is hurting for good Tech's , not back yard wantabees

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 09, 2017

find a real person to fix or find noise.
called a service shop
why ask blind and deaf net bunnies this, silly no?

sorry i can can't heare that.... i go.

noises can be a sign of impending disaster.
on all machines,.

so stop fiddling about and get help.

thumping when, parked or moving , or turning
or up hill only,or? when. braking only
accelerating only or only decelerating or both>
or cruising only. '
your post offers zero clues as to what car and you were doing , when THUMPING!

best is to get live help...
get car serviced,

if noise happens parked say so.?
or even parked and racing engine?>
or parked racing engine in DRIVE? brakes set hard?
if only driving , the noise can be very hard and very very dangerous to discover. (lacking my electronic stethoscope (remote monitored) last.

but we first inspect the car,
if noise if up front and not from engine
we check the whole front end. for loose parts
all parts (by using levers and looking for excess play) and wheel bearings, tie rods, etc, all that.
im not teaching that here,. ever.

ok in the goofy spirit of fixya., ill guess.
"loose engine mount". there, you are, a wild 99% useless guess.
is that what you wanted, you never said.,

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 22, 2016

Either replace hose with another one or if they are in place, clamp a splice in place.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Apr 22, 2016

Hit in the rear axle may have damaged bearings or brake parts. Jack up the side you hear noise from, put on stand, then have helper rotate wheel while you look underneath and listen to see where noise is coming from. Use length of old fuel or heater hose, one end in ear, to locate exactly where noise comes from.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 15, 2016

I own a 96 jeep cherokee classic and about 12 months ago had similar problem, I managed to find a manual  for sale. Contact your local auto shop and see if they sell a manual for it.
(also try local library as some stock these books for you to borrow or photocopy.)
brand name:  Haynes

name of book:

jeep cherokee
1984 thru 2000
cherokee, wagoneer, comanche and country
Haynes Repair Manual bk no: 50010
Based on a complete teardown and rebuild
cost approx. $40 AU

they have complete wiring diagrams in rear of book

Since buying book husband does 90% of our work himself

Highly recommend
PS: you have good taste in vehicle choice.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Mar 14, 2016

Yes. When it dies and will not start again watch the tachometer and see if it moves as you crank the engine.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jun 15, 2015

If the fuel filters have not been changed, start there. You can visually check fuel flow during this process.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jun 08, 2015

which one?
if the rear transmission, it just is a conn, and 1 screw.
a 96 -2006 sure.
42RE transmission or what? there are 2.
why not post the DTC error so we can be on the same page,?
page 191 covers it here , under tranny

some cars have up to 4 speed sensors, 2 on engine and 2 in tranny.
so... guessing page p191 tail
there is also a backup sensor for that. so.....
post DTC error and WIN, speed sensors means zero.
my guys is net rumor told you trans shifts bad and is VSS bad?
or did you scan it and see a live error, DTC,
that be best, not rumors, (and do clean it and retest )


1996 Jeep... | Answered on Feb 08, 2015

The sensor is located on the exhaust system between where the cylinder ports enter the common manifold and the muffler. Sometimes they are on the cast iron manifold and sometimes they are on the exhaust pipe after the cast iron manifold.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Dec 31, 2014

is the ASD relay dropping out cranking?????
if yes

if yes, use a scan tool
any works
and it will tell you why.
a tool can be had for $9 , even a bluetooth, elm 27

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Oct 06, 2014

You have a dead short and yes it could be in one of the door lock switches, figure out which one is blowing the fuses and take it out, might just have a wire that came loose in the back and is causing it to short out when you hit the switch button.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Sep 28, 2014

sounds like the battery was nearing the end anyway and might never get back to working order

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Aug 28, 2014

You have two oxygen sensors but 21 is upstream sensor. This is the sensor between engine and catalytic converter. There is three possible problems that it could be.
1 oxygen sensor input voltage maintained above the normal operating range.
2 no signal at 02 2/1 sensor
3 oxygen sensor input voltage sustained above thenormal operating range. What all this means is you need to replace the sensor.
when getting the replacement this is your O2 2/1 sensor.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Aug 11, 2014

I suggest you purchase a Haynes manual from a local auto parts store. It will walk you through every step.

Haynes manuals are not very expensive but do a descent job. Make sure you get the one for your specific vehicle.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jul 22, 2014

Could be a problem with the key switch or a relay. You can check the ignition and fuel pump circuits with a meter and see if you are loosing power from the key switch when you let go of the key.

1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jul 15, 2014


1996 Jeep... | Answered on Jun 07, 2014

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