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Unread 04-07-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Looking at 1998 Cherokee Sport.

Not sure if this is technical or non-technical. I'm new to Jeep. Will be MY first. What things should I look for on a Cherokee. I'm somewhat mechanically inclined. But by no means an expert. Has 126,000 miles and clean inside and out. Clean history and title.But this is on a dealer lot and since my first Jeep would really appreciate some info on key points to look for.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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The year is solid. Rust is a big thing, depending on where you're at. Price will be your next concern since it's at a dealers. The '98 came with 2 different rear ends, a Chryco 8.25 and a Dana 35...the 8.25 is preferable, especially if you plan on building it. Other then that, if it's an auto, the AW4 is pretty much bullet proof and if it has the 4.0, that is low milage if it's been cared for.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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Thanks Trons,
How can I tell the difference on the axles Chryco or Dana? History report shows Cherokee came out of Michigan but was not there no more than 3 months. It didnt see a winter there. The rest of time was in Texas. I 'll check for rust.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 11:20 PM   #4
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Here is a chart of the Axle's. In real life, the Chryco 8.25 has a little lip on the bottom, as the Dana 35 doesn't.
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Unread 04-08-2011, 06:33 AM   #5
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MCObray,

Thanks for the info.
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Unread 04-08-2011, 12:20 PM   #6
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Well looked at the 98 Cherokee today. Asked dealer what has he done to it since he got it. His reply, just detail and nothing else. Even the detail was aweful. Been siiting over a month on his lot. There were oil leakes I could see. Dana rear axle. Rust on surface only that I could tell. Interior was ok with no tear or cuts. Even head liner was in good shape. Started ok, 4x4 seem to work. Let it warm up, no over heating. A/C worked, but heres my question.

There was a very faint low knocking noise while I was in the cab just sitting there letting it idle. Anyone have an idea what this could be? Also when I engaged 4x4, light shows up part time 4wd. Could someone explain what 4wd part time means?
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Unread 04-09-2011, 07:14 AM   #7
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There are two transfer cases that came in the XJ's. a 231 and a 242. A 231 will have a selector indicator that goes from 2wd-4h-n-4l while a 242 will go 2wd-4hpart-4hfull-n-4l.

Part time 4 wheel drive is something you only want to use part time. It locks the front and rear drive shafts together so they both spin at the same speed which means it should only be used on slippery surfaces such as off road so the tires can give to prevent binding.

4 wheel full time is something you can use regardless of the road conditions. The transfer case acts like an open differential front to rear and allows slippage, so you can use it on dry surfaces because the transfer case will slip to prevent binding.
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Unread 04-09-2011, 08:41 AM   #8
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The knock you hear could very well be the flex plate bolts coming lose, very common on XJs.
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Unread 04-09-2011, 01:09 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the info. Will let you know the outcome.
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Unread 04-09-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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slight knoocking could be the lifters too. very common no big deal
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