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Newbie questions: 88 XJ power windows & coffee


 
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bcgooner
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:20 am    Post subject: Newbie questions: 88 XJ power windows & coffee Reply with quote

Hi all,
Having just stumbled into a fantastic deal on a 88 cherokee I'm a brand-spanking new member of the Jeep-owners' union!

I'm hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction with a couple of problems:

1) Power windows. Front ones don't work at all, rear are both ok. Bit sticky, but probably nothing a good cleaning & lube won't fix. I was hoping for separate front/rear fuses, but there's just the one 30amp breaker, right? Where would you suggest I look first to isolate the problem with the front windows? I'm thinking opening the door up and checking the switches/wires there is the obvious starting point, but is there a more likely or sensible place to check first?

2) Coffee. This may be the most serious drawback with this and so many other vehicles: nowhere to hold my much-needed caffeine!! Most of the aftermarket cup holders I've seen either stick to a flat surface (not enough dash-windshield clearance, console by shifter would likely get in the way...) or hook into a vent (holy dinah these things have tiny little vents!!). So I'm open to suggestions! Has anybody come up with a homemade mod or aftermarket solution that will help?

Many thanks, and thanks also for all the previous posts that have been educating and entertaining me over the last day or so!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd check the switches and wiring.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing would be to remove the door panels and put 12v directly to the motors. If they work that tells you the problem is either the wiring or a switch/switches.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for your coffee problem, I've seen some aftermarket holders that attach to the doorframe at the window. I don't know how that'd work for you cause there's not a whole lot of clearance between the doorframe and the wheel, your body, or the dash. They're pretty cheap though, you could give it a shot.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion - I think I have found a solution, as ever, on ebay. It mounts on the console over the emerg brake, while apparently not interfering with the brake's operation.

Fingers crossed.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThePhantum wrote:
First thing would be to remove the door panels and put 12v directly to the motors. If they work that tells you the problem is either the wiring or a switch/switches.


My 1991 XJ was only driven 5,800 miles a year and everything is stiff to include the windows. Find the track guide tube and drill a 1/8 hole in the tube and get some spray lube of your choice run the window up and down
to lube the cable. Mine would bearly move until I did this.I agree with
Phantum to see if the motors are bad.The cable is like a spring with a fiber core wraped around it. The fiber becomes dry and doesnt like to move.
As for the cup holder Jeep I think still sells the side mounted DIY cupholder that mounts on the right side of the console. Or get one from
Quadrtec or 4wd that mount above the hand brake lever. Both of these are about $15.00-25.00
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions! I hope to finally be able to take the door apart this weekend and check things out.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could try this for cup holders. i'm getting a set for my cherokee cuz i'm also tired of not having cup holders.

i've seen these in person, and they are really nice, and could also work great for offroading since they continuously swivel in the upright position

http://www.kasswinns.com/lc.htm
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