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Old 02-10-2012, 02:17 AM
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1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport Rebuild

Hey Everyone,
This is my first post but I've gone thru your forums and posts for a while now and wanted to get your advice and opinions.

I have a 96 4.0 I6 242 4x4 with 210K+ miles on both the engine and transmission.

The engine has only had regular wear and tear issues but has left me hanging a few times. I've never had issues with the transmission and the 4x4 still works.

The engine has somewhat of an electrical issue. I thought I had broken gauges but recently my truck brokedown(fuse) so we bypassed an overlooked broken fuse with a new fuse and wire directly to the distributor and now the gauges work.

Besides that I am hearing a bottom end knock that the last mechanic I spoke with recommended scrapping my block entirely and looking for a new one.

Is there any advice on rebuilding or saving this block
or a better idea of what I could look into doing.

If worst case, I'm hearing I would have to find a rebuilt(or working) engine. Since I'll already be doing this let's be hypothetical and assume I'd replace the transmission as well.

Any checklists of prior cherokee rebuilds?

Thanks for any help in advance.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:37 AM   #2
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Because you have rod knock he suggested scrapping it? wow.. sure you might be better off finding someones pulled engine (long block is all you need) and having that rebuilt, and saving yours for craigslist or save it for another buildable core.

If its not your daily driver, then pull the motor, throw it on an engine stand and pull it apart.. look at your rod bearings and see how bad they are.. call around town and see how much it would be to have the block machined, and new OE parts.. a 30 over bore is the typical rebuild, with new pistons/rings, have the rods checked, all new bearings, have the crank machined.. if they do head work have that serviced as well..

Then if you have the tools, ie a ring compressor and a torque wrench plus the internet (which i think you have ) then throw it all back together yourself and save some cash on the assembly of it

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Old 02-10-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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I will add if your AW4 is working good still.. I would just clean it up, change out the trans fluid.. and keep using it..
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