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Unread 07-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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1997 Cherokee questions-gauges, abs, etc?

Hey all,

New member who will be posting much more useful info shortly, but I had a couple questions.

First and foremost, I am aware that 97 was the year of the interior change for the Cherokee, among a few other things. That said-I noticed there are no indicators for actual temps of the engine, just a light. The same goes for the oil pressure and the voltage. This disappoints me and is it supposed to be this way? Is there a digital readout somewhere? I would really like to know what my temp is at, at the VERY least. I don't want to trust the idiot lights to alert me to a problem when it's probably already too late.

Also, I noticed that there is an ABS light on the dashboard cluster but it doesn't actually light. Were the same gauge panels installed on all jeeps, regardless of whether or not you had ABS? I took a look at the brakes and I see no place where ABS is on this machine, so I'm a bit confused as to why I can faintly see that little ABS area on the cluster. Someone set my mind at ease here? I really DO NOT want ABS.

Thanks folks and I look forward to getting this thing zombie proof with your help.


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Unread 07-16-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Use the SEARCH feature and look for info on a cluster swap. You can easily install the full gauge cluster from junked Sport or Classic Cherokee.

The gauge cluster supports all options. If you do see the option light up, it is not installed. If you have ABS you will find the pump assembly next to the brake plumbing under the hood and you will have wires going to the ABS sensors on each wheel.

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Unread 07-16-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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Hey CJ7-Tim,

Thanks for the response and the info. I did see the second of those two links but not the first. Also, thanks for the wording to use during my search-I will check into that and go from there.

Much appreciated and I'll have pics and the beginnings of this Ch(j)eep project up soon!

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