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Old 10-18-2010, 06:55 PM
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Help!! Already ruining my TJ...

Hey all,
I'm new to wranglers, although I did drive a cherokee for a few years. I've had my wrangler for exactly a week and just managed to make the transmission light go on today: I was trying to change the transmission fluid - when I took off the skid plate the whole transmission sagged - I thought it would suspended or attached to the chassis. It stayed that way for a minute while I looked in the manual to see if they said anything about it. Then I abandoned the effort, put the skid plate back, and now it's giving a code referring to the TCC (torque control clutch?? I think that's what is was.)
It drove fine all the way to AutoZone to check the code, but when I backing into my parking space I found if I tried shifting between park and reverse it got louder and harder each time!!!
Any advice? Or is "take it to the shop" the safest route for a DIY college student...
Thanks so much,
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:19 PM   #2
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I can't offer any advice, I'm not familiar with changing automatic fluid, but for anyone reading this with a manual transmission, forget about dropping the skid plate, just drain it onto the skid. The skid plate supports the transmission, or at least some of it. I made a cardboard type funnel and channeled most of the draining fluid into a drain pan. When you're done just clean the top of the skid with a rag.

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The way that I have pulled the skid plate with a friend to replace his clutch was to put a floor jack with a block of wood under the oil pan, and a jack stand under the rear of the yoke. Then pull the skid plate while watching for any sag. For your error code, you may want to see if you tugged on any wires when you were working on your Jeep and make sure they are attached well. Good luck.

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Old 10-19-2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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Like Mr.Hurler said. The skidplate is the only cross member that the transfercase and transmission are suspended by. You need to support the tail housing of the transfercase before removing the skid plate.

As far as the error goes, like Hurler said, check to see if any connectors were pulled out. The torque converter on TJ's are electronically engaged. It could be electrical or the lockout solenoid could be going bad. I've noticed mine throw a code for the same reason, but haven't noticed it ever having issues engaging or disengaging.
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