3rd Aug 2007, 12:06

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee that the air recently went out on. We recharged it and it lasted for a couple weeks although was never as cool as originally was. We finally took it to a mechanic who said that the evaporators for the Cherokees were contracted out by Chrysler and that there have been many problems with these systems. He also said that there was a silent recall on these and the factory warranty had been extended. Does anyone know about this? The mechanic said it would cost $1100 to fix, mostly labor because the dash would have to be remove. Any info would be greatly appreciated... Thank you in advance!


13th Aug 2007, 12:56

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee and just recently got the A/C fixed, again. The prior problem was due to a faulty high and low pressure switch along with a clog in the system. The latest fix was due to a leak in the system, was a costly repair, but it got the job done.

In addition, I also noticed many people having problems with their driver side speaker, I would like to add my name to that list as my driver side speaker has not worked since I bought the Jeep used about a year ago. But no complaints, I love the Jeep.

24th Aug 2007, 12:18

I have 3 Cherokees; 1988, 1989, 2001, And have no problems with any of them.

The 88 has 255,000 miles with only normal maintenance, and the 89 has gone 167,000 miles with the same results. My 2001 only has 52,000 miles, but I see no reason it will not go 250,000 miles.

I watch the way most people drive and it seems they abuse their cars, and then wonder why they do not last and get poor fuel mileage. I get 20+ mpg and am very happy with that. I know driving habits will not keep the radio working or rust from forming, but the rust can be stopped if you catch it right away, and "touch it up". But most of us would rather complain than take care of our cars.

24th Aug 2007, 15:59

Did you know your 2001 jeep cherokee has a toyota 4 runner transmission???

24th Sep 2007, 10:22

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee with 97,800 miles on it. I bought it used with 60K miles on it in August 2003.

The check engine light has become an old friend of mine since I've had the Jeep:

1. January 2005: cylinder misfire

2. January 2007, 90K: different cylinder misfire and faulty O2 sensors

3. September 2007: vacuum leak.

In summer 2006, the a/c stopped working. I'm told it's the evaporator, and I refuse to spend the money (I've been quoted $700-800) to get that fixed.

Overall, the Jeep's been a decent vehicle, but I'll never buy one again. My next car will be something smaller with better gas mileage. Oh, and air conditioning.

8th Oct 2007, 12:34

I just bought a 2001 Cherokee Limited with 122k miles last month. When I took delivery the dealership had agreed to fix the A/C by changing an O ring. Since then it has lost it's charge, but the compressor still works. So, I'm resolved for now to recharge it every few months until winter finally hits.

I also have the drivers side speaker problem. I read in another post that Chrysler ran the speaker wire under the carpet and typically it get broken from the feet stepping all over it.

AND, this a.m. the check engine light came on. I haven't yet explored that fix.

I take excellent care of my cars. No drive through car wash unless necessary. Always wash by hand, and always in a garage. I do notice that the more I clean, the more stuff breaks. It would kill me, but maybe I should do the minimum and let the grease and gunk hold it together? :)

8th Oct 2007, 21:12

I also have a 2001 jeep cherokee with the front speaker problem. Wire became disconnecting the in the flex tube between the door and the frame. Did anyone disconnect both ends of the flex tube to fis the problem.

15th Oct 2007, 20:49

I too had the front speaker problem. It's a very easy fix. Don't bother finding the break in the wiring harness. Take the kick panel off and unplug the flex tube that houses the wiring harness at both ends. Its easy to replug. You can drill through the wall behind the kick panel into the hollow that leads to the flex hose connection. I had a problem with the front left and found there is a good place to drill right above the hood release. Drill a 3/8" hole and use a 1/4" rubber grommet. I got mine at Home Depot. Just rewire and feel through the drilled hole into the hollow and through the flex hose. Took about 30 minutes.

19th Oct 2007, 16:24

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport with a little over 98,000 miles on it. I'm completely in love with the thing. However, I also have learned to live with my check engine light. I replaced a spark plug, and that worked for awhile. Now, apparently, its some sort of leak. The last mechanic I went to says I have a cracked PCV hose?? How much does this cost to repair?

I haven't had any trouble with my speakers, but my brother has (his is a 2000 Cherokee). Lucky, I guess. The AC also went out in both my Jeep & my brother's too. NOT a cheap fix. It was a condenser coil, or a compressor coil? Can't remember which. Now the AC works, but it seems like if I switch the control to heat, or to just blow through specific vents (instead of the total circulation setting) it doesn't really want to fully cooperate. Anyone know why this is?

I realize my Jeep is way up in years, but she's going to have to last me as long as she can... any tips? What work should I have done, as I'm approaching 100,000 miles? Unfortunately, I just moved to a city & don't have a trusted mechanic. I prefer to be prepared before I go in, so they don't snow me. Any help would be great. Thanks!

19th Oct 2007, 21:26

A cracked PVC hose would be no big deal. It's just a length of plain old rubber hose. Buy the right size and length at an auto parts store; they'll cut it off a roll for probably 89 cents a foot.

As far as preventive maintenance: get the cooling system pressure flushed and refilled; change the transmission fluid and filter (use the correct transmission fluid and DO NOT get the "flush"!) ; change the front and rear differential fluids; change the transfer case fluid; change the air filter, fuel filter, and spark plugs.

Also check the brakes -- at 100,000 they'll surely need to be changed if they haven't been already.

Finally, get the u-joints and suspension lubed, if you don't have sealed grease fittings. That should take care of the routine maintenance for a while.

Also, keep changing oil every 2,000 miles now that you will live in the heavy duty, stop and go driving environment of the city.

30th Oct 2007, 08:00

I have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee as well and have experienced all of the same problems most of you have had. I absolutely love my car, but some of these problems seem like they could have been avoided by some extra QC at the manufacturer. My front driver side speaker is out, my A/C went last year and now I am having fuel filter and fuel pump issues. My driver side power window doesn't cycle properly either. If I hold down on the button or let the auto go, I get a load sound of a gear grinding. Not great, especially since the A/C already went. Is there an easier way to fix the front speaker than what was listed earlier? Has anyone found a less expensive fix to the A/C problem other than rolling down the windows?