Cherokee noob needs help with his 01 XJ
Purchased a 2001 Cherokee 4x4 for 2,100. Before I go on, let me just advise everyone that this was the first car I've ever purchased and I didn't know what to look for really.
This is what was good about the car:
-The engine seems to run fine
-It was 4x4
Cosmetically, there were some rust spots around the car. I've clear enameled it as my friend suggested so the rust would not spread as fast. The rear left panel, under the side bumper, had a basketball-sized dent in it that was bondoed, it appears. The hood lost it's gloss coating. That's all I can really think of.
Here's whats wrong with the car:
-The AC doesn't work.
-I have a very weak start when I start the car.
-I seem to lose battery power sometimes. Happens usually only within 10 minutes of the car being on.
-I have terrible mileage for some reason. Reached half tank, from full, in 2 days. Only drive about 35 or so miles those 2 days.
-Well, I'm not even sure what's wrong with it but when I engage 4x4H, it starts pulling to the right and starts making a loud and deep whirring sound. Also, my car doesn't idle forward when I'm in 4x4H anymore. When I disengage into 2H, it stops once 4x4 disengages. This problem arose when I traversed a pile of dirt and small rocks that was 3 or 4 feet wide and 2 and 1/2 feet tall
So I think I've come to the assumption that I overpaid for this car and there's some work to be done but I have no experience or the money to have someone fix them.
But for some reason, I love this car. I want to get the experience to make it my own and be mechanically self-sufficient.
If anyone can take the time to give me some advice on where to start and if you recognize the problem described with my 4x4H, it would be GREATLY appreciated.