The '97 Cherokee 4-speed automatic with a 4.0 is an AW-4, yep it has a drain plug. 2.5 liter 4 cylinder auto tranny is a Chrysler 3-speed that uses ATF 3. Pull the plug on the AW-4 and you get about 2.5 quarts out. Which transfer case do you have? NP 231 holds about a quart, tranny and transfer case both use Dexron/Mercon, not ATF-3 or ATF-4.
2000 Sport 4X4 4.0 inline six, AW-4 Automatic, stock
Original Owner 300,000 miles
Transfer case is less picky than the transmission about fluid. The 97 FSM states Dex II or ATF+3 for transfer case, later NP/NV Jeep transfer cases came with ATF+4, which is fine for '97 but not required. Most XJ owners probably use Dex III for both AW4 and transfer case which works fine and keeps things simple.
If you have a Command Trac set of instructions on the headliner you have the 231. On the pan on the trans, there is a 13mm bolt at the back. My AW4 has a B&M cooler on it and drains out exactly 3qts every time. I use the Multivehicle ATF instead of Dexron. You can get it from Pennzoil, and WalMart. A bit more expensive than Dexron, but works perfect for me. I drain the trans each time I do the engine oil, cheap insurance. Phil
just flushed my transmission with atf+4 per chrysler service bulletin #21-014-07 dated 10-16-07 ( includes aw-4 trans )
Hope it works out better for you than it did for me.
'95 XJ country edition, 4" coils/3/4" spacers, HD leafs with extra main added in, Ironman adjustable control arms, rough country shackles, aussie locker, JK rubicon shocks, 35" mudder's, soft 8's, cobra cb
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