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Jeep Cherokee Fuel Tanks

The gas tank is one of the most important components of any vehicle. Therefore, it is critical to have a tank that can withstand the elements as that may allow for a safer ride.

Where is this component located in a Jeep Cherokee?

On most model years, the tank is generally mounted on the rear of the vehicle. This is beneficial as it may help to put more of the weight on the back of the Jeep, which may improve handling. Putting it in the rear of the Cherokee may also reduce the chances of fumes getting into the cabin.

What types of materials are Jeep Cherokee fuel tanks made from?

A gas tank for use with the Jeep Cherokee is generally made from plastic. However, it is possible that it will be made from aluminum or steel depending on the make and model year. All of these materials are strong, highly moldable, and durable in case of impact.

What components should be purchased with the fuel tank?

There are several components that should be purchased with a tank, such as the gas cap. When this cap is loose or not used at all, it allows gas to evaporate out of the tank. In some cases, this could reduce a truck's performance and also cause the check engine light to come on.

However, not using the cap does not cause significant damage to the truck itself, and OEM replacements are available. The car will activate a check engine light if you don't have a properly closed tank, as it doesn't allow for the correct burn conditions of your fuel. Other parts that should be purchased along with a fuel tank include the straps and strap bolts as well as the neck tube pipe that allows fuel to flow into the gas tank.

How can you protect the gas tank?

MOPAR makes a fuel tank shield that is placed over this component and can help to protect it against salt, grime or other items that could damage it. If left exposed to the air after being hit with salt or similar materials, the tank could start to rust. Eventually, that rust could make its way to other components within the engine. If left exposed to the cold, it could expand and contract, which could lead to cracking. Adding cleaning additives to your fuel can also help to prolong the life of your tank.