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Old June 3rd, 2012, 09:43
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1998 Cherokee airbag light

I have a 1998 Cherokee that is having the airbag light come on due to a faulty airbag module. The dealerships won't do the free recall anymore so I bought and replaced the part myself. The new part is supposed to remedy the problem but has yet to help whatsoever. Has anyone else had the recall done or replaced the part themselves and had the same problem?
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 19:43
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

What problem ? Fully describe the problem/symptoms encountered. How do you know the module is faulty ? What free recall ? What part did you replace ?

The most common 97-01 airbag system issue is a faulty Clock Spring.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 20:37
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

I had the clock spring go bad in my 97 a few years back. Along with the airbag light coming on my cruise controls no longer worked and my horn didn't work either. When the airbag light is on check and see if your horn works and your cruise controls (if equipped). If they don't work either then that is pretty much a dead giveaway that it is your clock spring.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 12:16
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

My airbag light came on sporadically, then eventually stayed on in my '98. Horn worked fine the entire time,(no cruise). It was the Clock-spring. Easy to replace yourself. Just get a known good replacement.

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Old June 4th, 2012, 16:00
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

or are you talking about the recall/tsb that moved the airbag module from under the drivers seat to under the console due to corrosion of the wires and stuff
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Old June 4th, 2012, 18:44
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

If you don't have cruise I have a clock spring for you (just added cruise to my 99)
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Old June 5th, 2012, 21:07
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

I have cruise control, they both seem to work, I haven't tried either of those yet. Can the clock spring be bad and the horn and cruise control still work? I know I have been using cruise while the gauges have been not functioning. How much is a clock spring? My Jeep had already had the recall that moved the module from under the seat to the console. So I ordered and replaced the part myself.
The symptoms are: My gauges randomly turn off and the airbag light comes on. The gauges either set back to zero or freeze. After a certain amount of time or a well placed hit on top the dash, they resume working for a few seconds or minutes and then start the whole process over again.
There was a recall a few years back (http://www.motortrend.com/cars/1998/...rokee/recalls/ it is the second one down). The kid I bought it from said he never had the recall done so I was under the impression that it had never been done.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:00
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

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I have cruise control, they both seem to work, I haven't tried either of those yet. Can the clock spring be bad and the horn and cruise control still work? I know I have been using cruise while the gauges have been not functioning. How much is a clock spring? My Jeep had already had the recall that moved the module from under the seat to the console. So I ordered and replaced the part myself.
The symptoms are: My gauges randomly turn off and the airbag light comes on. The gauges either set back to zero or freeze. After a certain amount of time or a well placed hit on top the dash, they resume working for a few seconds or minutes and then start the whole process over again.
There was a recall a few years back (http://www.motortrend.com/cars/1998/...rokee/recalls/ it is the second one down). The kid I bought it from said he never had the recall done so I was under the impression that it had never been done.
If you want to know if it had ever been done just call up any Dodge, Chrysler, or Jeep dealership and give them your VIN number and they can tell you if it had ever been done.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:21
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

Ghetto, it sounds like the wiring harness connection to your dash is either loose or has corroded. Both are easy fixes... remove the gauge cluster and clean the connections and see if it needs to be tightened up. I have been able to tighten the connection by giving each blade in the connector a very slight twist to exert some side-pressure once it is snapped back together.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 12:48
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

X2 with Reverend Jim. Had same problem on my 01. Used electronic cleaner with dielectric prservative ( on the can) spray. No more problem.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 19:20
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

Rev, I have pulled the dash off and put dielectric grease on it, what do you mean " I have been able to tighten the connection by giving each blade in the connector a very slight twist to exert some side-pressure once it is snapped back together." Like take a pair of needle nose pliers and slightly twist the connectors going to the dash?
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Old June 7th, 2012, 06:32
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

Exactly. I just used a pair of needle-nose pliers. Mine had a bit of play in it causing some gauges to quit every now and then. Don't know if it was wear, or poor quality build. After just slightly twisting each prong in the connector,( I forget how many there are-12?), it now has a little resistance-fit to keep it pressed together tightly. No more gauge problems. Hope this helps.
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Old June 7th, 2012, 20:06
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Re: 1998 Cherokee airbag light

So far it is working but I didn't drive very far. We'll see tomorrow. Thanks for the help!
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