Jeep Cherokee
 Owners Manual
Starting and operating
Power steering

The electric power steering system will give you good vehicle response and increased ease of maneuverability in tight spaces. The system will vary its assist to provide light efforts while parking and good feel while driving. If the electric steering system experiences a fault that reduces assist or prevents the vehicle from providing assist, you will still have the ability to steer the vehicle manually.


Continued operation with reduced assist could pose a safety risk to yourself and others. Service should be obtained as soon as possible.

If the "SERVICE POWER STEERING OR POWER STEERING ASSIST OFF - SERVICE SYSTEM" message and a steering wheel icon are displayed on the EVIC/DID screen, it indicates that the vehicle needs to be taken to the dealer for service. It is likely the vehicle has lost power steering assistance. Refer to "Electronic Vehicle Information (EVIC) or Driver Information Display (DID)" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel" for further information.

If the "POWER STEERING SYSTEM HOT - PERFORMANCE MAY BE LIMITED" message and an icon are displayed on the EVIC/DID screen, it indicates that extreme steering maneuvers may have occurred, which caused an over temperature condition in the power steering system. You will lose power steering assistance momentarily until the over temperature condition no longer exists. Once driving conditions are safe, then pull over and let vehicle idle for a few moments until the light turns off. Refer to "Electronic Vehicle Information (EVIC)/Driver Information Display (DID)" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel" for further information.


  • Even if the power steering assistance is no longer operational, it is still possible to steer the vehicle.

    Under these conditions there will be a substantial increase in steering effort, especially at low speeds and during parking maneuvers.

  • If the condition persists, see your authorized dealer for service.
    More about «Starting and operating»:

    Starting procedures

    Stop/start system - if equipped

    Engine block heater - if equipped

    Automatic transmission

    Four-wheel drive operation


    On-road driving tips

    Off-road driving tips

    Power steering

    Electric park brake (epb)

    Brake system

    Electronic brake control systemElectronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

    Tire safety information

    Tires - general information

    Tire chains (traction devices)

    Tire rotation recommendations

    Tire pressure monitor system (tpms)

    Fuel requirements

    Flexible fuel (2.4L engine only) - if equipped

    Adding fuel

    Vehicle loading

    Trailer towing

    Recreational towing (behind motorhome, etc.)

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