87 Cherokee cuts out - 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 > General Technical Discussions > Engines & Drivetrain > 87 Cherokee cuts out

WIN a Rough Country Forged Track Bar - ExtremeTerrain!1987-2016 Wrangler Jammock Black 2.0 Jeep Hammock (YJ, TJ Rancho rockGEAR promotion gear from January 1-February 29,

Unread 07-03-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
Registered User
1987 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: North Bend, Oregon
Posts: 1
87 Cherokee cuts out

I have a 1987 Jeep Cherokee Chief with the 4.0 in-line 6 cyl., fuel injected, 5-speed. I've owned it since new, and it's completely stock, and has been mostly trouble free for all of it's 230,000 miles.
Recently the engine started cutting out. It will do it at any RPM, and if sitting in neutral or driving down the road. When it cuts out, the tach instantly drops to zero, and the shift indicator light flashes on for a second. In fact the shift up light will flash on even when idling in neutral, the tach drops, and the engine dies. It starts back up immediately, either with the key, or if rolling down the road, it will gear start itself.
I took it to the Jeep dealer, and they couldn't diagnose the problem. They told me that this model of Jeep was too old to store fault codes, and their computer was of no use. But the technician suggested I change the crank position sensor, so I did, but no luck. I also put a new fuel pump in the tank as the original was getting noisy and someone suggested that it might be the problem.
It's cutting out more and more frequently, and I'm sure it's about to leave me stranded. Anyone got any ideas?

jeephammar is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools

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.