Jeep Cherokee (XJ): Service procedures


All mechanisms and linkages should be lubricated when necessary. This will maintain ease of operation and provide protection against rust and excessive wear. The weatherstrip seals should be lubricated to prolong their life as well as to improve door sealing.

All applicable exterior and interior vehicle operating mechanisms should be inspected and cleaned.

Pivot/sliding contact areas on the mechanisms should then be lubricated.

(1) When necessary, lubricate the operating mechanisms with the specified lubricants.

(2) Apply silicone lubricant to a cloth and wipe it on door seals to avoid over-spray that can soil passenger's clothing.

(3) Before applying lubricant, the component should be wiped clean. After lubrication, any excess lubricant should be removed.

(4) The hood latch, latch release mechanism, latch striker, and safety latch should be lubricated periodically.

(5) The door lock cylinders should be lubricated twice each year (preferably autumn and spring).

  •  Spray a small amount of lock cylinder lubricant directly into the lock cylinder.
  •  Apply a small amount to the key and insert it into the lock cylinder.
  •  Rotate it to the locked position and then back to the unlocked position several times.
  •  Remove the key. Wipe the lubricant from it with a clean cloth to avoid soiling of clothing.

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