The first year Jeep Cherokee was made available was 1984. By 1989, the Jeep Cherokee was made available with the option of either a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine, or a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, in both two wheel and four wheel drive. There are multiple U-joints on the drive shaft, regardless of whether you have the two wheel or four wheel drive option, and all of the tools and materials needed to replace a U-joint project are available at an auto parts store, or through your local Chrysler Jeep dealership.
Tools Used: Tools, 3/8-inch drive ratchet and socket set, with 4-inch extension, 2 ton jack or greater capacity jack, Needle nose pliers or vice grips, Hammer, Flat head screwdriver, 9-inch C-clamp or larger, 2 jack stands, 2 vehicle ramps (replaces jack stands if available)
Replace U-Joint – Lift the front or rear of the truck, depending upon which U-joint you are going to replace. Use a 2 ton jack to lift the truck by the axle housing.