Jeep Cherokee (XJ): Adjustments

Hood

The hood bolt holes are elongated for fore and aft and side-to-side adjustment.

(1) If hood is low to the cowl panel, insert shims between the hinge and hood at the rear hinge bolts.

(2) Adjust the hood bumper (Fig. 95) in or out to provide proper hood-to-fender height alignment.

(3) Adjust the hood strikers (Fig. 96) with shims as necessary. Tighten the screws to 22 N·m (16 ft-lbs) torque after adjustment.

(4) Align each latch and striker so that the striker enters latch squarely.

Door

IN AND OUT-MINOR ADJUSTMENT

(1) Loosen the latch striker.

(2) Tap the latch striker inward if the door character line is outboard of the body character line or tap the latch striker outward if the door character line is inboard of the body character line.

(3) Inspect alignment. If correct, tighten striker with 28 N·m (20 ft. lbs.) torque.

Fig. 95 Hood Bumper
Fig. 95 Hood Bumper

1 - HOOD LATCH STRIKER REINFORCEMENT PANEL
2 - HOOD BUMPER

Fig. 96 Hood Latch Striker
Fig. 96 Hood Latch Striker

1 - RADIATOR SUPPORT CROSSMEMBER
2 - SCREW
3 - RADIATOR BAFFLE
4 - SHIM
5 - HOOD LATCH STRIKER
6 - SCREW

UP AND DOWN-MINOR ADJUSTMENT

(1) Loosen the latch striker.

(2) Tap the latch striker downward if the door character line is higher than the body character line or tap the latch striker upward if the door character line is lower than the body character line.

(3) Inspect alignment. If correct, tighten striker with 28 N·m (20 ft. lbs.) torque.

ALIGNMENT MAJOR-ADJUSTMENT

Adjustment for alignment of the door is made by installing shims between hinge and door face (Fig.

97).

Fig. 97 Door Adjustment Shims
Fig. 97 Door Adjustment Shims

1 - ADJUSTMENT SHIMS

(1) If not loosened, loosen the door hinge bolts.

(2) Add or remove shims as necessary to obtain the best door fit.

(3) Tighten door hinge bolts to 3 N·m (2 ft-lbs) torque after adjustment is completed.

(4) Apply general purpose sealant around the door hinges/door face mating area.

Door latch adjustment

(1) Locate access hole (Fig. 98).

(2) Insert a 5/32-inch hex-wrench through hole and into adjustment screw. Loosen screw.

(3) Operate outside handle button several times to release any restriction because of mis-alignment.

(4) Tighten adjustment screw to 3 N·m (30 in-lbs) torque.

(5) Test handle button and lock cylinder for proper operation.

Door latch adjustment

1 - ACCESS HOLE
2 - DOOR
3 - LATCH MOUNTING BOLTS
4 - LATCH

Liftgate

The position of liftgate can be adjusted upward or downward by use of slots in the hinge. An inward or outward adjustment is achieved by use of slots in the body. If an inward or outward adjustment is needed, use 3My Fast and Firm or equivalent on the hinge to body mating surface as a sealant.

Rear seatback

(1) Unlatch and position seatback in cargo position.

(2) Loosen the screws attaching the strikers to the rear wheelhouse.

(3) Position the seat back in the full upright position and secure the latch into the strikers.

(4) From the cargo area of the vehicle, push the rear of the seatback forward.

(5) Unlatch and position seatback in cargo position.

(6) Tighten the screws attaching the strikers to the rear wheelhouse.

(7) Position the seat back in the full upright position and secure the latch into the strikers.

(8) Verify latch operation.

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