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post #1 of 6 Old 01-18-2020, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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96 Cherokee overheating

Ok I’m not very mechanically minded, I’ve taken my Jeep to two different shops for overheating issue, the first one replaced the water pump, and flushed the radiator, second one just flushed it out, both said it was good to go, and both times I drove it home “15 miles or so” didn’t run hot the next day it got close to the edge of the red, I replaced thermostat myself, same problem, I decided to take the thermostat out completely to see what happens, still does it, oil looks good, it runs good doesn’t run rough or anything, I’m thinking new radiator next, thoughts?

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Also it can idle for 20 minutes just fine it only gets to the red when driving it.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-18-2020, 10:29 PM
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How old is your lower radiator hose? If it's old and missing the inside spring the hose can collapse like a straw and cut off coolant flow. This usually happens at highway speeds when the system is under load.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-19-2020, 08:48 AM
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1996 - a change year often a surprise.

Do you have a serpentine accessory drive belt for engine?
Should be electric engine fan? - is it working?

When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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90% of mechanics are idiots. overheating problem was not diagnosed right from beginning.
you have to pay somebody for diagnosing, sometimes you have to pay dealer for 1 hour to diagnose a problem.
Infrared thermometer helps a lot ($25 from FarborFreight)
some problems are hard to diagnose, half clogged radiator for example.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-20-2020, 03:53 PM
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Have you checked the fan clutch? Its pretty easy to check yourself, it can be a cheap part and easy to replace. and they go bad sometimes. Its the actuator for the engines main fan and radiator cooling from a spun coils temperature reading. And this is probably redundant but you've made sure the fluids and oil are topped and good oil flow and regular psi on the gauge? as in it goes up when you accelerate. Friction is the number one cause of heat

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