What is it if a 1998 Jeep Cherokee starts overheating after 10-15 mins, and yesterday I tried to ride it out and the power steering

what is it if a 1998 jeep cherokee starts overheating after 10-15 mins, and yesterday i tried to ride it out and the power stearing and brakes went out. is it just the radiator??

My car has 164000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. Usually the only component that works with power steering, brakes, and the cooling system (water pump in this case) would be a serpentine belt. If the belt was broken, it would stop turning the water pump; which would cause the engine to overheat.

If it’s attached to the power steering pump and brake booster, it would also impact those systems as well. You should have a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle for a broken serpentine belt or overheating problem as soon as possible.

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The most common reasons a Jeep Cherokee is overheating are a coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.), the radiator fan, or a failed thermostat.
The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level (including that due to leaks), a faulty thermostat, a plugged radiator, a faulty radiator pressure cap, collapsed hoses, non functioning cooling fans, and a faulty water pump or drive belt.
Other than that there are a lot of different things it can be causing this issue. Radiator stopped up, bad radiator hoses(collapsing under pressure), faulty thermostat or installation, bad radiator cap, blown head gasket, bad or faulty radiator clutch fan(if applicable) and the list can go on.
The most common reasons a Jeep Wrangler is overheating are a coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.), the radiator fan, or a failed thermostat. Coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.)
Most of the time, overheating is caused by a leak somewhere in the coolant system, such as in the water pump, radiator, or one of the hoses. If you notice that your coolant fluid is low, this is almost certainly the cause. Top off your coolant fluid and drive directly to a mechanic to have the leak fixed.
Without the right amount of oil, your engine becomes more vulnerable to overheating. Since there`s not enough oil circulating through the engine, there`s no way for the engine to shed that excess heat. This can lead to heat soak, where certain engine components overheat and eventually deform due to the stress.
Most of the time, overheating is caused by a leak somewhere in the coolant system, such as in the water pump, radiator, or one of the hoses. If you notice that your coolant fluid is low, this is almost certainly the cause. Top off your coolant fluid and drive directly to a mechanic to have the leak fixed.
The most common reason a Jeep will run hot is due to low oil or a coolant problem. Low coolant is usually because there is a leak somewhere in a hose, the reservoir, or the heater core. A failed engine thermostat or a blown head gasket are other common causes of overheating Jeeps.
The most likely reason is a coolant leak. If there is a leak in your coolant system, there won`t be enough coolant fluid to effectively cool down your engine, resulting in overheating. Some other possible reasons why your Jeep might be overheating include: Broken radiator fan.

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What is it if a 1998 Jeep Cherokee starts overheating after 10-15 mins, and yesterday I tried to ride it out and the power steering
ANSWER : Hi there. Usually the only component that works with power steering, brakes, and the cooling system (water pump in this case) would be a serpentine belt. If the belt was broken, it would stop turning the water pump; which would cause the engine to overheat.

If it’s attached to the power steering pump and brake booster, it would also impact those systems as well. You should have a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle for a broken serpentine belt or overheating problem as soon as possible.

Fuel pump engages. Batery good, alternator good volts, jump start helps when wont start. Temp does not matter. Intermittent?
ANSWER : Hello. Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons your vehicle may only start when jump starting. The first and most common is a build up of resistance that is causing you to need a boost of voltage to get the engine started. This may be due to poor battery cables, a bad ground connection, a poor starter solenoid, and a couple of other issues. The first thing you want to do is perform a visual inspection of the starting system. Make sure there is no corrosion build up in the battery cables. You can also check the resistance across these wires and make sure you have a solid connection between components. You then want to make sure the starter solenoid is doing its job. It is responsible for taking the small amount of electricity sent by the ignition and turning it into a huge electrical charge that is strong enough to push over the engine with the help of some gear ratios in its favor. Do some more testing, and stick to the basics before assuming its something seriously complicated.

I have a 2000 jeep grand Cherokee limited 4.7L V8. I was gone for a month in a half tried starting my jeep up yesterday and nothin
ANSWER : It may be normal engine electrical drain on the battery if the vehicle sat for a month or more. Once the battery is recharged fully then you can see if it will idle again. Just jumping off and only running a few minutes may not charge the battery enough to let it idle on its own. You should use a battery charger to recharge battery and retest it to see if it still stalls. You may have a bad battery and need to relearn the idle. If it still stalls then the idle control valve may be stuck closed and need to be replaced.

My Jeep started fine. I adjusted the tilt steering. The airbag light came on but it continued to run fine. Shut Jeep off and would not start again
ANSWER : The air bag light comes on when the computer detects an issue with the vehicle’s air bag safety system. This can have many potential causes, including a faulty sensor, wiring, air bag unit, computer, among other things. If you were having issues with the steering column, it may be possible that one of the airbag system components located in the steering column, such as an airbag module or sensor, has had an issue. If these components are linked to the starting system then this may be part of the reason why the vehicle is not starting. If the engine is cranking when you turn the key, then that is a good sign that the starter is getting power, so that rules out most of the no start issues related to the starting and electrical systems.

It may also be possible that the no start condition is a completely separate issue from the airbag light, as there are many things, not related to the airbag system, that can cause a no start condition. A few common non air bag related causes are issues with the fuel, ignition, or engine management systems. If any of the components to these systems, such as the fuel pump, ignition coils, or an engine management sensor, fail or have an issue, they may cause the vehicle to Retrieving the trouble codes using a scan tool capable of reading airbag system codes as they will likely shed some light on what the cause of the issue may be, or if the two are related. If you are unsure, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose and repair the cause of the no start condition.

My car will not start Intermittently. I purchased a new battery 2 weeks ago and yesterday the car wouldn’t start. Got a jump and
ANSWER : The issue you are having is probably due to an intermittent fault in the starter motor itself or a deficiency in the starter electrical circuit, for example a large voltage drop due to a poor ground or a high resistance connection. These issues can be readily diagnosed and resolved on a mobile basis if you request a hard starting diagnostic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you promptly. Based on Toyota’s Factory Service Manual, the battery should not be disconnected if the vehicle engine is running. The battery acts as a large resistive voltage sink and consequently taking the battery out of the circuit, while the alternator is still running, can create a voltage spike on the car’s electrical system which is not good for voltage sensitive components such as the engine computer. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

I put in a new starter and battery and my Jeep will not start. Please help me get my Jeep to start.
ANSWER : Hi there. Check to see if the wiring to the battery and the starter are tight and clean. A bad connection will cause a no start situation. If the battery cables and wires are all tight and clean, then go in the cab and turn on the ignition switch and see if any thing in the cab works.

If nothing comes on, then check the fuse box for any blown fuses. If all the fuse are good in the cab and under the hood, then the ignition switch needs replaced. If the ignition switch is good and the accessories come on, then either the starter relay in the fuse box has failed or the wires from the starter relay to the ignition switch has become burned or loose. Check the wires from the starter relay on the starter to the ignition switch. If everything checks out to be good, then the ignition switch needs replaced.

If you need further assistance troubleshooting your vehicle, then seek out a technician, such as one from YourMechanic, that can assist you with your no start situation and help you with the power surge.

Vehicle won’t start, once it’s jump started it only stays running until you turn it off, then it work start again without jumping.
ANSWER : Hi there. There could be two problems here. It is possible that your battery is bad and will not take a charge from your alternator while driving. In that case every time you shut your car off you will not have enough juice to start it again. Inspect your battery – it should have at least 12.5 to 13 volts to start your car, if it doesn’t you will need to replace the battery. The second problem could be that your alternator is bad and not charging your battery, in this case you will need to replace your alternator. Both the battery and the alternator can be tested in your car. If you would like to have the car checked for you, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting problem and proceed with repairs.

HI the battery is dead have a 2012 jeep grand cherokee and can’t get to the battery under the seat as no power also tried jump sta
ANSWER : It is possible that the smoke could have been due to the jumper cables being installed backwards. I would recommend double checking to make sure that you connected the cables properly. If you did connect the cables properly and the vehicle is still smoking, it is likely that a major electrical short has occured within your vehicle. If this is the case, I would recommend having the vehicle towed to your local Jeep dealership as the issue may be covered under warranty.