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#1 11-09-2014 10:29:46

Laura-nuts
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Registered: 12-29-2012
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Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

I have an 88XJ Auto 4 door and I have wanted to know some things about my truck as to what it is exactly Model wise and about one of my options I never ever use!

So on the dash is an original switch with yellow led light that lights up when switched to power vs. comfort! It may be a little picture of a trans? I never used that switch--well okay once or twice to try it out and see exactly what "power" feels like! With the switch to power, my suspension feels like it rides a slight bit stiffer and my gear to gear ratio was slightly different too, like shorter shifts in drive position--that is shorter automatic shifts from gear to gear. But other than that, I didn't feel any power or comfy differences! The light on the switch lights up but I am thinking maybe it isn't working?

I didn't get a manual when I got my truck and so I was curious about the exact way to use it if any or when to use it! When I use that is there a practice for usage like shifting manually with my automatic shifter or only when on streets but not hwy or ...? Anyone know? How often do you all use your switch? Is it just in my head that I think I can feel a slight suspension change even though it may be a trans picture on the switch? (Okay to laugh I am)

Also what model do you think I may have? What models come with this pwr comfort option? I ask because I don't have many other options, in fact that is the only option I have aside from the fog switch on the dash. (No AC, no pwr win, no pwr locks, no r wiper, no carpet, no intermittent anything!) Just 4 doors, rubber floors, vinyl seats, fog lights, tranny switch, 4X4! Literally I could hose the thing inside out after my typical day in the mud! Is that considered limited, lol? I am limited on my options?? Or sport, for like after sporting in it i can hose it out? or possibly I have the Utility--light weight no AC condensers to weigh it down, thus room and weight capacity more tools? LOL I just never knew, and never asked, yet always wanted to know!!

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#2 11-09-2014 10:30:57

evad
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Re: Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

AFAIK that 'POWER' switch changes the shift points of the automatic transmission.
In Power mode, light on, the shifts are coming a little later to allow the engine to rev up more.
Not too sure if you have a "light" foot that you will notice much of a change.  ;-)

I could be wrong though!
I keep mine in power mode and sometimes put the selector in 3 unless on the highway.

I have a Pioneer and it has a/c, am/fm/cass, tilt-steering, rear defrost, carpet, rear wiper and everything else standard or non-power.


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#3 11-09-2014 10:33:26

stevil
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Registered: 04-29-2009
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Re: Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

You probably have a Pioneer.  They were the basic models.  They could be ordered with AC and some other basic things.  There were other trim and comfort levels.  There were four levels you could get.  The name of the second level has escaped me right now.  The third was the Laredo, which had door side trim and some pin stripes, power door locks, windows and cruise with corresponding interior improvements such as fabric seats and lots of idiot lights to tell you when the oil was low etc.  Last was the Limited which had power leather seats, some had gold colored trim instead of chrome.

I just picked up a set of the Limited seats for my own out of a cash for clunker the other day.  Haven't put them in yet though.

I don't have your transmission, so someone else can brief you on the  "Power Button"

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#4 11-09-2014 10:35:00

adg53xj
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Re: Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

yup, that's what i've heard too.



jeep thought so too; supposedly later tcu have power/comfort modes
also, but with the sw deleted they're in power mode all the time.



i do that too in my gf's, to keep it from shuttling in and out of 4th
on non-highway roads, cutting down on tranny wear. it's one thing on
a flat and level highway, but what's the point of shifting into 4th on
the downgrades only to drop back to 3rd at the next hill? or
stop-and-go, where you get just fast enough to shift into 4th when you
let off to brake for the next light...


'limited' doesn't refer to options but intended clientele, eg.
exclusive. limited production, upmarket. it would have -all- the
toys.

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#5 11-09-2014 10:46:45

Laura-nuts
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Re: Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

I may have had the description backwards meaning with it off it may have felt closer the shifting as longer winding shifts with it off!?!?  I do know that I could tell it was different!  Actually I am a big lead foot - my jeep can actually move when I need it to!  So then it is not damaging to drive it around alot with it switched from one to the other?  I was really thinking it would be handy for towing, but you know I swear my truck is stiffer in the power mode but i guess that is just me tripping or something!  I appreciate the help and diagrams as always, you all know this by now!  thanks again.

Oh and Pioneer, huh?  cool!  I was hoping there would be a way to check the model against the VIN number like other cars only I think we have the biggest trouble trying to find manuals and documentation on this vehicle to begin with!!  Weren't the Jeeps originally made for military in the beginning and they wouldn't need manuals!?  That is why Jeep is sooo cool, they are so rugged, who needs a manual?  Just drive it, and like with mine, I have never been left or stuck anywhere in it!  No matter what is broken, it will still get me home and thousands more miles can still be put on it before it actually gets fixed!   But in case I knocked on wood!  LOL

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#6 11-09-2014 10:56:26

evad
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Re: Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

I would bet that you have the Base trim package, like my '87 I had for a couple of years.  ;-)

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep_Cherokee_%28XJ%29
Trim levels

    Base - 1984-1993
    SE - 1994-2000
    Wagoneer - 1984-1990
    Briarwood - 1991-1992
    Pioneer - 1984-1990
    Pioneer Olympic Edition - 1988
    Chief - 1984-1990
    Sport - 1988-2001
    Country - 1993-1997
    Classic - 1996, 1998-2001
    Limited - 1987-1992, 1998-2001
    Laredo - 1985-1992
    Freedom - 2000
    60th Anniversary - 2001


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#7 11-09-2014 16:59:28

Laura-nuts
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Re: Switch on Dash - Options vs. Model

Base trim? I think I am 100% base trim model!

no exterior trim lower doors, no console, no overhead, no rear wiper,
yet oddly enough I have the original led switch for fog lts, mine were the driving lights which I removed recently when a neighbor backed into me and cracked them.

I dont need the extra stuff really! Gadgets = electrical headache! In the summer inside my black truck is hotter than a brick oven! A/C nice would be nice, but I would abuse it! I look at it like I more room for comfort, lighter on the trails and quicker cleanup (hose and go)!

Base Trim huh? That's me then! Thanks!!!!!

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