1998 Jeep Cherokee intermitent failure

Tiny
WIDGEE
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  • 1998 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 30,000 MILES
On start up, oil pressure will barely register, other times goes up to 3+ then after 5-50 ks drops back to not quite zero. There iis definatly pressure. Other times will function normal. Fuel guage works ok on full, but then drops to zero intermitently. There is also a draw in ignition circut, so I bypassed fuse [30amp} so as not to disconnect batt. Each night, or remove fuse. I spli the fuse and now run a switch in centre consul. I fitted a new batt. Alternator is ok, voltage is on 12. It starts first time, has v. Good fuel consumtion 12l-100ks
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Monday, December 1st, 2008 AT 5:44 AM

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Tiny
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I would start by replacing oil pressure switch
very common
try and get the new one from a jeep dealer
had no luck with the after market switches

Need to have BATTERY DRAIN TEST
NOTE: Amperage draw will vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on equipment package.
No production vehicle should have more than a 50 mA (0.050 amp) draw.
BATTERY DRAIN TEST
1. Ensure junction box/fuse panels are accessible without turning on interior and hood lights. Drive vehicle over 30 MPH for at least 5 minutes. Park vehicle and allow to sit with ignition off for at least 40 minutes to allow electronic modules to power down.

2. Connect a fused jumper wire between negative battery cable and negative battery post. Disconnect negative battery cable from negative battery post, without breaking the jumper wire connection to prevent modules from resetting.

NOTE: It is very important that continuity is not broken between negative battery post and negative battery cable when disconnecting battery cable or connecting ammeter. If continuity is broken, go to step 1.
3. Ensure ammeter is set to read milliamps with at least a 10 amp capability. Connect ammeter between negative battery cable and negative battery post. Remove fused jumper wire.

4. If excessive current draw is present (50 mA or more), pull fuses from battery/central junction box one at a time and note any current drop when each fuse is removed. DO NOT reinstall fuses until test is complete.

5. Check wiring diagrams for any circuits that run from battery without passing through battery/central junction box. Disconnect these circuits if current draw still exists. Repair appropriate circuits as necessary.
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Monday, December 1st, 2008 AT 6:51 AM

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