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Unread 05-27-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
Kurtis180
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Fixing the NSS

Just bought my first jeep a 98 cherokee. Check engine light is on and the code is for the NSS. I was told they're $500 new. I am wondering which years would fit as i am going to a junkyard to try to find one for cheaper.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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I THINK there was a change to the wiring harness after 1995 or 96, so safe bet would be to find one from a late model...
Also, here are some write ups on removing and cleaning yours:
http://web.archive.org/web/200503070...echtippage.htm
http://www.cherokee-jeep.com/1-2swremov.htm

Question: do your backup lights work? Do you have problems starting the engine, or will it start in gear?? Maybe try clearing the codes and see if they come back.
If you shop around you might find one for $150 or so
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Unread 05-27-2013, 03:13 PM   #3
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I just tried to pull one off my 98 parts jeep to sell and it was destroyed inside and fell all apart

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Be careful pulling it.
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Unread 05-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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I just bought one from this guy on ebay...was a good used part...here is another he has, only 20 bucks!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/JEEP-Transmi...4af644&vxp=mtr
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Unread 05-27-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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Just bought my first jeep a 98 cherokee. Check engine light is on and the code is for the NSS. I was told they're $500 new. I am wondering which years would fit as i am going to a junkyard to try to find one for cheaper.
Thanks!
Dismount & clean - it's cheaper, easier, and takes about an hour all up (add fifteen minutes if you have trouble adjusting the thing.)

Work carefully, and I suggest putting both hands and the NSS in a large bag before you split the case halves - there are two small copper "blade" spring-loaded terminals in there, and they can go for a quick flight if you're not careful (they usually load the switch down with some anti-corrosive goo, which usually retains the loose terminals. However, the time you aren't ready for it is the time they'll go flying - cf: Murphy's Law.)

See my notes elsewhere for tips on damage-free removal of the old NSS - if you've got some time, go to eBay and order a "cast spreader" - it's a medical instrument used to split casts after slitting with a saw, and it will give you more precise force & more control when removing the NSS (and it's a handy tool anyhow, I've found.)
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Unread 05-27-2013, 11:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the quick replies. I actually found a junkyard that is mainly all jeep parts in my area. Got a used one for 100 bucks.
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Unread 05-28-2013, 12:39 AM   #7
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Well then, if you can get the old one off w/o breaking it, clean it up and keep it as a spare
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Unread 05-28-2013, 06:20 AM   #8
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Damn, used for $100?

New from Mopar, they are around $250. Used on ebay, $20. I bought a chinese copy on ebay for $45 and hopefully it works fine, at least until I sell the Jeep. I'll clean up the original part for a spare.
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