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XJ "B" Severe Duty Maintenance


The Maintenance Schedule on this page was taken from the 1996 Jeep Cherokee Owner's Manual, but should be similar for most model year Cherokees as well.

Use Schedule B if you drive:

  • Frequent short trip driving less than 5 miles (8km)
  • Frequent driving in dusty conditions
  • Trailer Towing
  • Extensive idling
  • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 90F (32C)
  • Off-road driving
  • Desert operation

Schedule B

At each fuel stop  
  Check engine oil level, add as required
  Check windshield washer solvent and add as required
Once a month  
  Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or damage
  Inspect battery and clean and tighten terminals as required
  Check electrolyte level and add water as needed
  Check fluid levels of coolant reservoir, power steering fluid, brake master cylinder, and transmission and add as needed
  Check all lights and other electrical items for correct operation
At each oil change  
  Inspect exhaust system
  Inspect brake hoses
  Rotate the tires at each interval shown on Schedule "A" (7500 miles) or Schedule "B" (6000 miles)
  Check coolant level, hoses, and clamps
  Lubricate propeller shaft u-joints and slip splines
  Lubricate suspension ball joints
After completion of off-road (4WD) operation, the underside of the vehicle should be thoroughly inspected. Examine threaded fasteners for looseness
     
3000 miles 5,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
6000 miles 10,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage
9000 miles 14,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
12,000 miles 19,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
15,000 miles 24,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Inspect engine air cleaner, replace as necessary
  Lubricate steering linkage
18,000 miles 29,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill manual transmission fluid
21,000 miles 34,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
24,000 miles 38,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
27,000 miles 43,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
30,000 miles 48,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage
  Replace air cleaner filter
  Replace spark plugs
  Inspect and adjust drive belts
  Lubricate steering linkage
  Drain and refill transfer case fluid
33,000 miles 53,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
36,000 miles 58,000 km
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill manual transmission fluid
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
39,000 miles 62,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
42,000 miles 67,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
45,000 miles 72,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage
  Inspect engine air cleaner, replace as necessary
48,000 miles 77,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill manual transmission fluid
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
51,000 miles 82,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Flush and replace engine coolant
54,000 miles 86,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill manual transmission fluid
57,000 miles 91,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
60,000 miles 96,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Replace air cleaner filter
  Change ignition cables
  Replace spark plugs
  Inspect and adjust drive belts
  Replace fuel filter (Federal only)
  Lubricate steering linkage
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill transfer case fluid
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
63,000 miles 101,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
66,000 miles 106,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
69,000 miles 110,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
72,000 miles 115,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill manual transmission fluid
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
75,000 miles 120,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Inspect engine air cleaner, replace as necessary
  Lubricate steering linkage
78,000 miles 125,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
81,000 miles 134,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Flush and replace engine coolant
84,000 miles 134,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
87,000 miles 139,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
90,000 miles 144,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Replace air cleaner filter
  Replace spark plugs
  Inspect and adjust drive belts
  Lubricate steering linkage
  Drain and refill transfer case fluid
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
93,000 miles 149,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
96,000 miles 154,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
99,000 miles 158,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
102,000 miles 163,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
105,000 miles 168,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Inspect engine air cleaner, replace as necessary
  Lubricate steering linkage
108,000 miles 173,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill manual transmission fluid
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
111,000 miles 178,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
  Flush and replace engine coolant
114,000 miles 182,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
117,000 miles 187,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Lubricate steering linkage (4x4 only)
120,000 miles 192,000 km
  Change engine oil
  Replace oil filter
  Replace air cleaner filter
  Change ignition cables
  Replace spark plugs
  Inspect and adjust drive belts
  Replace fuel filter (Federal only)
  Lubricate steering linkage
  Drain and refill ATF
  Drain and refill transfer case fluid
  Drain and refill front and rear axles
  Inspect brake linings
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created: April 19, 2003

Updated August 20, 2003