99 jeep Cherokee sport. - JeepForum.com
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Cherokee & Comanche Forums > XJ Cherokee Technical Forum > 99 jeep Cherokee sport.

Dana 30 Truss for your TJ, LJ, ZJ, and XJFS: 2007-2013 Jeep Wrangler "HALO" Angel Eye KitFS: Wranger BRIGHT License Plate LED! Just $3! Great value

Unread 05-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
99 jeep Cherokee sport.

I recently registered my dad's old jeep. It had been parked in the driveway all winter. I brought it to a garage because the check engine light was on. They ran the diagnostic and said there was a problem with the alternator and battery. They were both replaced about 3 years ago so my dad doesn't think it's a problem with those. So I'm wondering if any of you have had the same issue. When I drove it to the garage it stalled at a stop and didn't have very much power at all while driving. It has had some electrical issues as well. Another time, I was driving for about ten minutes and the check gauges light came on, the battery gauge or power gauge was all the way up. At 19. And it lost a little power. I pulled over and it went down, it did this every couple of minutes. Any help would be appreciated. Please and thank you.

joeynickerson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-15-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
chris87xj's Avatar
1987 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 5,944
Welcome to JeepForum and the world of XJs!
You'll learn that XJs can be prone to crazy electrical symptoms, particularly in instances of poor grounding connections such as can occur with oxidation from sitting unused for extended periods of time.
The first thing I would do is clean the battery connections and any ground connections under the hood. This would include the one one the fender coming from the negative battery terminal as well as both ends of the engine block ground strap. A thin coating of electric or lithium grease after cleaning and before reconnecting will ensure a long lasting job.
Good luck with the XJ!

"You can set my jeep on fire and roll it down a hill,
But I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe DeVille."

COTY 2009
Originally Posted by cruiser54 View Post
Better to hoard Jeep technical info than old newspapers and the neighbor's mail, I guess.......
Vote for the August Cherokee Of The Month here - Yes YOU!!!
chris87xj is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-16-2013, 11:17 AM   #3
Real Jeeps have dents.
CJ7-Tim's Avatar
2000 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: out in the garage - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 21,470
The symptoms point to damaged/corroded battery wire/connectors, a failing battery, or a failing alternator. Just because a part was new a few years ago, doesn't mean it is still good.

Inspect/test the wires and connectors, and have the battery and alternator load tested.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, AR-15 sporting rifles account for nearly 20% of all U.S. firearms sales.

Progressive Liberalism: Bringing you new Healthcare ideas so wonderful, they have to include mandatory participation ......

Originally Posted by Ronald W. Reagan: Government is not the solution to our problem; Government is the problem.
CJ7-Tim is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-17-2013, 08:14 AM   #4
Registered User
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 2
Thank you for the help! I'll try it out and see what happens.
joeynickerson is offline   Reply With Quote

Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.