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HEATER SYSTEM

1988 Jeep Cherokee

1988 HEATER SYSTEMS Jeep

DESCRIPTION

Jeep vehicles use a blend-air type heater system. Wrangler models have a constant flow type system with engine coolant continuously flowing through heater core. Cherokee and Comanche use heater control valves. Coolant flow to heater core on these models can be stopped or diverted.

On all models, temperature of heated air entering passenger compartment is controlled by regulating amount of air flowing through heater core and then blending it with a controlled amount of cool air by-passing heater core.

CONTROL PANEL OPERATION

Control panel on all models includes fan switch, sliding temperature control lever and sliding mode lever.

DEFROSTER CONTROL

Defroster control operates heater housing door regulating heater and defroster operation by directing flow of air through defroster hose or floor outlets. When control knob is pushed in, blended air will enter passenger compartment through floor heat duct. When control is pulled completely out, door directs all heated air to windshield defroster outlets. Any intermediate position divides air flow between windshield and floor outlets.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL LEVER (CHEROKEE, COMANCHE & WRANGLER)

Lower control lever operates blend-air door in heater core housing. At full right position, all air is directed through heater core, providing maximum heat flow. At full left position, all air is directed around heater core providing fresh air. Control can be set in any intermediate position to provide a blend of heated and unheated air. With control lever in "COOL" position, water valve will close (except Wrangler). Mode control lever must be in "HEAT" or defroster mode before any air can enter vehicle.

MODE CONTROL LEVER (CHEROKEE & COMANCHE)

Mode control lever includes "BI-LEVEL", "VENT", "HEAT" and "OFF" positions. At far end of scale, a symbol for defroster indicates defrost position. In "BI-LEVEL" position, a mixture of floor heat and defroster air is obtained.

FAN CONTROL

Fan control is a 4-position control switch, regulating blower motor and air flow for heat and defrost. Switch has "LOW", "HIGH" and 2 intermediate positions. Fan will remain on unless mode lever is placed in "OFF" position.

CONTROL CABLES ADJUSTMENT

CHEROKEE & COMANCHE

The heater control cable is retained to blend air door lever with a retaining clip and a self-adjusting clip. During installation, self-adjusting clip will locate cable properly when cable is snapped into position on lever.

WRANGLER

The only adjustable cables are the vent door control cables. Since the left cable operates the right cable, the cables must be installed and adjusted in the proper order to maintain the self adjusting mechanism.

With cables connected to heater control panel, connect only the right vent door cable. Open and close right vent door one time, using heater control panel. Connect left side cable and ensure that both vent doors open at the same time.


Blower Motor



17581

Fig. 1: Heater & Defroster Components (Wrangler) Courtesy of Chrysler Motors.

Heatw and Defroster Damper Housing

Fig. 2: Typical Heater & Defroster Components Courtesy of Chrysler Motors.

BLOWER MOTOR R & I

NOTE: On Cherokee and Comanche, blower motor and fan are removed from engine compartment.

Removal & Installation

  1. Remove heater core housing assembly. On all models, remove
    blower motor electrical connectors. Detach screws retaining blower
    motor assembly to heater housing. Remove blower motor and fan
    assembly. On Cherokee and Comanche, detach fan retaining clip from fan
    hub, if necessary. Remove fan from motor shaft.

  2. To install, reverse removal procedure. If removed, ensure
    ears of retaining clip are over flat surface on motor shaft. Check
    blower motor and heater operation.

CONTROL PANEL R & I

Removal & Installation

  1. Disconnect battery ground. On Cherokee, remove lower
    instrument panel. On all models, remove instrument panel bezel. On
    Cherokee, remove clock and radio (if equipped).

  2. On all models, remove heater control panel attaching
    screws. Pull out control panel and disconnect vacuum hoses, wires and
    cables. Note locations for reassembly reference. Remove control panel.
    To install, reverse removal procedure.

CONTROL CABLES R & I

REMOVAL (CHEROKEE & COMANCHE)

Remove control panel. Detach cable from heater control panel.

Remove retaining clip and cable self-adjusting clip from blend-air door lever at bottom of blower housing. Remove cable by squeezing tabs with needle nose pliers. Do not break housing.

INSTALLATION

To install, connect cable self-adjusting clip to blend-air door lever, then snap cable into position. Install retaining clip onto blend-air door lever. Route cable to A/C-heater control panel and connect. Install control panel.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION (WRANGLER)

  1. Disconnect cables from vent doors. Disconnect cables from
    heater control panel levers. Remove cables by squeezing tabs with
    needle nose pliers.

  2. Connect and adjust cables as described in ADJUSTMENTS
    section of this article

HEATER CORE R & I

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION (CHEROKEE & COMANCHE)

  1. Disconnect battery ground. Drain cooling system.
    Disconnect heater hoses at heater core inlet and outlet tubes.
    Disconnect blower motor wires and vent tube. Remove console (if
    equipped)
    . Remove lower instrument panel.

  2. Disconnect electrical connectors from blower motor
    resistors. Disconnect vacuum hose at vacuum motor. Cut plastic
    retaining strap holding blower housing to heater core housing.

  3. Disconnect and remove heater control cable. Detach clip at
    rear of blower housing flange and remove retaining screws. Remove
    housing mounting nuts from studs on engine compartment side of dash
    panel. Remove right kick panel.

  4. Remove instrument panel support bolt. Gently pull on right
    side of dash, then rotate housing downward and toward rear of vehicle
    to disengage housing studs from dash panel. Remove blower housing.
    Detach retaining screws and remove heater core by pulling it straight
    out of housing.

  5. To install, reverse removal procedure. Ensure seal is
    cemented in place to prevent movement when blower assembly is
    installed. Connect heater hoses and fill cooling system.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION (WRANGLER)

  1. Disconnect battery ground. Drain about 2 quarts of coolant
    from radiator. Disconnect heater hoses at heater core inlet and outlet
    tubes. Disconnect vent door cables. Disconnect blower motor wires.
    Disconnect defroster duct.

  2. Remove nuts attaching heater housing studs to engine
    compartment side of dash panel. Remove heater housing assembly by
    tilting it downward, to disengage it from defroster duct.

  3. Pull heater housing rearward and out from under instrument
    panel. Remove heater housing cover from heater housing assembly.
    Remove heater core from housing.

HEATER SYSTEM OPREATION CHART & VACUUM DIAGRAM

HEATER SYSTEM OPERATION TABLE

I I I I I I I I

I MODE I I I I I I I

LEVER POSITION

AIR DISCHARGE

BLOWER SPEEDS

PANEL DOOR

FLOOR DOOR

DEFROST DOOR

WATER VALVE

Off

Closed

None

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Vent

Panel Registers

4

Open

Closed

Closed

Closed

Bi-Level

Panel Registers and Floor With Def. Bleed

4

Open

Open

Bleed

Open (1)

Heat

Floor With Def. Bleed

4

Closed

Open

Bleed

Open (1)

Def.

Defroster

4

Closed

Closed

Open

Open(1)

(1) - Water valve closes in full "COOL" temperature lever position.

HEATER CONTROL SYSTEM VACUUM SCHEMATIC

Fig. 3: Heater Control System Vacuum Diagram

WIRING DIAGRAMS

Fig. 4: Heater Wiring Diagram (Comanche Diesel)


SISTORS W/ THERMAL LIMITIR



Fig. 5: Heater Wiring Diagram (Comanche Gas)

Fig. 6: Heater Wiring Diagram (Wrangler)