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Old 01-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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32rh tranny

Hello there. I recently blew the tranny in my 01 jeep wrangler sport. I've taken the transmission off the jeep and the entire thing is seriously cracked. I'm thinking the transmission pump blew and hit a gear which caused it to crack. Granted I was going about 70mph at the time. I was just wondering anyone's thoughts on a salvage yard transmission vs buying a rebuild. Any thoughts?

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I had good luck with my used 32RH that had maybe 80K miles on it when I bought it. You could get a good indication of its condition by looking at some of the ATF inside it. If the ATF is still bright red & clear and not burnt smelling, I'd guess it was good to use.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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I just replaced my transmission. I would try to find one if I was you. Let me know how it goes!
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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I assume my 32rh in my 200,000 mile wrangler is original. I just recently swapped in amsoil atf and found an ok amount of metal on the magnet. No chunks or anything. Seems strong to me!
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Which AMSOIL ATF did you use? I know their generic ATF says it "meets ATF+4" specs but I've never been a fan of one-size-fits-all where ATF is concerned. The 32RH, 30RH, and 42RLE auto tranmissions are very fussy that they get real ATF+4.
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Multi vehicle, I don't even use correct oil weights in motors sometimes, none of it really affects much.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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I'm a marine stationed in 29 palms so its a little difficult to find time to go back and fourth to salvage yards but ill keep that advice in mind when I go home again and check it out.
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Multi vehicle, I don't even use correct oil weights in motors sometimes, none of it really affects much.
Viscosities/weights in axles and engines is one thing, using the correct type of ATF in an automatic transmission is quite another. Using the correct specific type of ATF is critical to an automatic transmission. The different forms of ATF like Mercon vs. ATF+4 don't vary by viscosity, they differ like brake fluid is different from power steering fluid... they are totally different and not interchangeable. There is no multi-vehicle ATF that will work properly in all automatic transmissions... especially where the 30RH, 32RH, and 42RLE are concerned that were designed solely for ATF+3 or ATF+4.
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I was also playing around with the idea of dropping a 5 speed manual tranny into it. I don't use my jeep for rock crawling. Only driving through sand and mud and on the hard ball. Any thoughts on this?
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I was also playing around with the idea of dropping a 5 speed manual tranny into it. I don't use my jeep for rock crawling. Only driving through sand and mud and on the hard ball. Any thoughts on this?
I'd stick with the 32rh if you can, pretty much the best trans ever in a TJ. You could look at an AW4 if you want something different. If you really want a manual, go for it.
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I'd stick with the 32rh if you can, pretty much the best trans ever in a TJ.
X2, I miss mine big-time.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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Have the vent relocation done before installing.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #13
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Anyone have an idea on how hard it is to find a used 32rh? I'm thinking about selling my jeep while I'm away for 3 years and buying another one when I get back. I figured I'd just drop the easiest to install tranny and call it good as long as it runs well and right.
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Used 32RH transmissions aren't hard to find, I ran into a very good one for $800 that included everything needed to convert a TJ from a manual to the 32 including a fresh radiator. So by itself, you should be able to get a good 32RH for less than that.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #15
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Was able to find one for 300$. Guy says the ATF is clean and not burnt smelling. I'll have to wait to look at it though.
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I hate to double post but what is the difference between a 904 and a 32rh? They guy selling one has it listed as a 904/32rh transmission. Any help on this?
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The TF904 is also known as a 30rh, and was used with the 2.5 engine through 2002. The TF999 is also known as a 32rh, and was used with the 4.0 engine through 2002. Both are 3-speed automatics with locking torque converters; the 32rh is a more heavy-duty transmission.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:52 AM   #18
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See that's what I thought but the guy selling the tranny has it listed as a 904/32RH. Which isn't right. I asked him what engine it came off of and he said a 4.0. So maybe he mixed the 904 part up?
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See that's what I thought but the guy selling the tranny has it listed as a 904/32RH. Which isn't right. I asked him what engine it came off of and he said a 4.0. So maybe he mixed the 904 part up?
Maybe he meant that it is a replacement for either. If that makes sense. Still misleading.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:38 PM   #20
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Well I suppose you could put a 32RH on the 2.7L engine but not vice versa?
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you can swap them either way, ones just not as good, from what I understand.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #22
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I've always been told not to put a tranny off a 2.7l to a 4.0l... Won't a 30RH be under powered for my jeep?
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I'm not a tranny master by any means, but I would think a lower powered engine would have a transmission with deeper gears, to make up for the loss of engine power. However Jeep makes up with this partially by putting 4.10 axle gears in all 4 cylinder vehicle axles. You can really put any trans in any vehicle, it just depends if the trans is reliable, strong, long lasting, geared correctly, etc. You should be able to find some good specs on Jeep Forum. I would check it out but I am up to my neck in college work at the moment. Let me know what you find.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:00 AM   #24
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What's a good deal on a rebuild? Including replacing the case? My parents friend offered to do it for 600$ flat. I'm assuming that's pretty cheap for a complete rebuild and case replacement?
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600 is dirt cheap. I would go with that
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That's what I decided to go with. I'm not finding another way to beat the price. He said it would be 600$ no matter what he had to do with it. I guess it pays to have a family friend that deals in transmissions.

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