11th Dec 2004, 09:28

It sounds like you have a fuel pump problem, with its electrical connection cutting out or weak.

30th Jan 2005, 06:36

It is possible that your issue might be related to the crank shaft positioning sensor. There have been issues relating to this sensor causing the vehicle to lose power or stall. It could simply be the connector to the sensor has loosened during regular "jeep" driving. If I remember correctly the sensor is on the top of the bell housing on the transmission, and can be tricky to get at.

18th Feb 2005, 00:20

I was having the same problem with my car. It was a gasget seal. Might want to have that checked.

2nd Nov 2006, 19:24

The symptoms you are describing with your Jeep, may have an EXTREMELY simple cause: THE GAS CAP.

I'm not kidding. The Cherokee uses a special pressure vented gas cap. With age and temperature, the rubber in this cap can degrade, and it can cause hard starting and overall poor idling. Something as simple as getting a new (OEM) gas cap, can fix this.

A related cause: There's a seal on the gas tank, which seals the gas gauge sending unit. This seal can fail, making a vapor leak into the gas tank, causing the same symptoms as the gas cap problem above.


22nd Mar 2008, 01:14

I know I'm a bit late for this issue, but if someone else has this issue check your exhaust pipe right where it comes off the exhaust manifold to see if it is dented in. Or if the catalatic converter is plug.

Mine got dented by the front driveshaft one day upon the suspension compressing a little far.

Good luck.

LOVE my Jeep. 1998 Cherokee 171,000 miles.

20th Oct 2008, 20:53

I had a 1990 Jeep Cherokee with similar problems - it was, like an earlier comment said, the crank shaft position sensor.

Not too expensive to fix once we figured out what the problem was!!