Mechanics

WATER PUMP WENT OUT AND BELT CAME OFF

1996 Jeep Cherokee

Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 136k miles

I just bought this 1996 Jeep cherokee sport two weeks ago. I loved it and it handled so well until yesterday my husband and I were driving to look at houses and all the sudden we heard this hissing noise and the power steering went out and the engine heat sensor skyrocketed. We pulled over and it was steaming really bad. It wasn't leaking anything at the time we pulled over and it's not leaking anything now. We had to run it hot for about 4 miles until we got to a pilot truck stop and then had it towed to our friend's house. It starts up and my husband was looking at the engine. It seems all the pulleys and the tensioner are fine. We don't know if it blew a gasket or not. I was always told that the 4.0 inline 6 was the toughest and strongest engine in Jeeps so I hope it didn't go that far. If it is only the belt and water pump is it worth fixing? And how much would it cost? I just spent over two grand buying the thing and I can't afford a huge mechanic bill : -/ My husband works six days a week is there anyone who can maybe walk me through changing the water pump myself as he doesn't even have time to take the panel off the inside of the drivers side passenger door and push the window back up that is off track. I need this either fixed or gone because I need a working vehicle, If I can fix it myself I'd like to but if you all think that Jeeps aren't really the best vehicle I'd like to know then maybe I can take it in as a trade in before I have any other major problems and get something else.
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Yellowroseoftexas
February 8, 2009.



Hi, it sounds like the water pump has failed, to change the water pump it is not to difficult. The parts will run about 140.00 for the belt pump and coolant. You can change the pump with ordinary tools and the job should take between 3 and 5 hours. Jeeps are good cars, but no engine can be driven for a long period of time with out a water pump. If the engine seems to run ok when you start it, chances are it ok. You wont know 100% until you have changed the water pump and driven it for awhile. Please let me know how it goes. If you run into questions when you are changing the pump let me know, remember to remove al of the old water pump gasket.

2CarPros Ken
Feb 8, 2009.
Thankyou so much for your help. I'm hoping that that is all it is. We haven't driven it since it was towed here, only the four or so miles to the truck stop to call and have it towed. I'll see if my husband can't work on it sometime this week. Do you recommend trading it in for another vehicle? Alot of people I've talked to say they had problems with jeeps and radiators going out and transmission problems. I searched high and low for a decent vehicle but all the Ford Explorers I looked at from 91-97 seemed to have transmission problems and my husband isn't a big chevy guy. If I had my choice I'd either have my jeep or a subaru.

Tiny
Yellowroseoftexas
Feb 8, 2009.
Hi Rose, if the engine is making noises it could be to late. Have you looked at saturns? I have one and realy like it. If the Jeep has high mileage it could be time to get another car. In the end you have to decide if a differnt car is in order, I hoped I have helped you. Please let me know how it turns out : -)

2CarPros Ken
Feb 8, 2009.
The jeep isn't making any noises so far. My husband is going to replace the water pump and the belt. It only has 136k on it (which is low for me in a used vehicle- I have seen 2003 vehicles with 116k on it) I will look into Saturns, I was thinking something along Saturn or Honda CR-Vs. Thankyou so much for your help and I'll let you know. : -D maybe after I pay for the repairs I'll have a little left over to leave another donation.

Tiny
Yellowroseoftexas
Feb 8, 2009.
Good luck on the jeep, let me know how the repair goes. Have a great night and thanks for using 2carpros. Com

2CarPros Ken
Feb 8, 2009.