How to Change the Starter on a 1994 Jeep Cherokeeby William Zane
The 1994 Jeep Cherokee is durable, has a decently powerful motor and is overall a very practical vehicle. Like any vehicle, certain components on the Cherokee need to be replaced due to age or failure. The starter is usually one of the items that will eventually stop functioning properly. Replacing the starter on a '94 Cherokee is not that difficult.
Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Use a floor jack to raise the front of the vehicle to allow better access to the starter. You can also use ramps to raise the front end. Place blocks behind the back tires to ensure that the Jeep will not move while you remove and replace the starter.
Remove the two bolts that hold the support bracket between the front axle and the transmission on four-wheel-drive Cherokees. Move the support bracket to the side to allow access to the starter bolts.
Unbolt the two bolts that hold the starter to the transmission. Support the weight of the starter as you remove the bolts. Have an assistant help you or use a jack to support it. Pull the starter out until you can gain access to the wires that are bolted to the starter solenoid. Disconnect the wires. Remove the starter from the engine bay.
Slide the new starter into place. Fasten the wires that attach to the solenoid. Bolt the starter to the housing in the reverse order of removal. Reinstall the cross-brace if it was removed. Lower the Jeep off of the jack stands or off of the ramp. Reconnect the negative battery terminal. Start the motor to ensure the starter is functioning properly.
- Jeep Cherokee Haynes Repair Manual; John Haynes; 2002
Things You'll Need
- Floor jack or ramps
- Socket set and ratchet
- New starter
William Zane has been a freelance writer and photographer for over six years and specializes primarily in automotive-related subject matter among many other topics. He has attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied automotive design, and the University of New Mexico, where he studied journalism.