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Old 11-20-2013, 06:40 AM   #1
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Question And yet another issue...ggrrrr

So this morning when I went out and was leaving for work, I had an issued with the transmission / shifter. It was about 34 degrees out and I let the Jeep warm up for about 2 minutes before setting out. Well I back out of my spot and shift (auto) into "D". I didn't feel the slight jerk of when it locks into gear, but I slowly step on the gas and get nothing but the revving of the engine. I shift into "N" and then back into "D". It goes into gear and then I'm off for about 200 yards, when it does the same thing of revving and not moving any further. I put it into "R" and that goes fine. Back into "D" and it locks in again and make my 15 or so mile trip to work with no other issues. Could this be linkage coming loose, the cold, or even worse the tranny?? Thanks for any help.


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Old 11-20-2013, 06:45 AM   #2
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When was the last time you checked your tranny fluid level? When was the last time you serviced/ or had the tranny serviced?

IMO there is an issue in the tranny, (yeah I know obvious) but fortunately it just started and doesn't sound major...however I would get it fixed/ checked/ serviced TODAY!!!!! It may just be low on fluid...since you mentioned it is a TJ, I wonder if you know if tranny has ever been serviced? We tend to take advantage of our TJs because they are SO reliable.

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Actually I had the fluids on it changed out about 1 year ago (maybe 6,800 miles wise) , but like you said the fluids could be low and that can be my first point of inspection.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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Actually I had the fluids on it changed out about 1 year ago (maybe 6,800 miles wise) , but like you said the fluids could be low and that can be my first point of inspection.
Good deal on having had it serviced.....I shudder to think how many TJs have probably never had it done.....honestly my first guess is low fluid...I hope that is all it is.....but that in turn would lead me to question if it has a leak since it was serviced a year ago.......
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Like the cops would say if they brought in a cross dresser accused of robbery. "Check the Tranny"
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Like the cops would say if they brought in a cross dresser accused of robbery. "Check the Tranny"
bbahahahaha.....well I will definitely be checking the tranny!!

The radiator goes on me yesterday, and now since that is fixed guess it was time for the expensive tranny to give me problems...lol
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Good luck with the fix...might be time you get your butt into a JK??????
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Good deal on having had it serviced.....I shudder to think how many TJs have probably never had it done.....honestly my first guess is low fluid...I hope that is all it is.....but that in turn would lead me to question if it has a leak since it was serviced a year ago.......
Might be a dumb question/ and may not really matter...but when you "had the fluids done about a year ago"...did they actually service the tranny or just drain and fill?

IDK enough to know for sure but generally there is a difference.
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I want to say it was a complete flush and change of the filter as well. But I would have to go back and look at the invoice to be sure. But I'm 85% positive it was serviced.
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I could be talking out of my ass here, don't know much about the TJs with automatics, but could it be when the radiator was replaced he disconnected your tranny cooler and let some fluid out?
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You could test the tranny by trying to start in second gear and see if it acts normal. SOmetimes the clutch plates wear down. Also just a shot here, but did they put the proper fluid back in.
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There is an anti-drainback valve inside the transmission cooler hard line just in front of its connection to the cooler (radiator). It can cause that exact symptom when it leaks by allowing the ATF to drain down out of the torque converter. The time it takes for the transmission to get you moving is the amount of time it takes for the transmission pump to get the torque converter refilled enough with ATF so it can move you.

That's what I would suspect anyway, mine does the same thing once in a while.

You could splice a new one-way valve into the hard line to avoid having to replace the entire hard line.
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I would have checked my transmission fluid level before I even posted here. And, you know that you don't check the tranny level on a cold engine. If your tranny level is real low, you will have the same problems as you described here. And, if it is the tranny level, you have probably started damaging your tranny too.

I would also wonder why you had your tranny serviced. If you had your tranny serviced because you were having tranny problems, maybe your tranny is going out.

If you have a tranny leak, this could promote your tranny going out. If you have your tranny serviced because you are having tranny problems, and don't fix the leaks, the tranny service is not going to help you. I know because I had my tranny serviced, and I had tranny leaks. Tranny leaks are just common over time. Gaskets wear out. It just slowed the process of my tranny going out. Eventually, the leaks got worse, and my tranny went out.
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I would also wonder why you had your tranny serviced. If you had your tranny serviced because you were having tranny problems, maybe your tranny is going out.

If you have a tranny leak, this could promote your tranny going out. If you have your tranny serviced because you are having tranny problems, and don't fix the leaks, the tranny service is not going to help you. I know because I had my tranny serviced, and I had tranny leaks. Tranny leaks are just common over time. Gaskets wear out. It just slowed the process of my tranny going out. Eventually, the leaks got worse, and my tranny went out.
Well the reason I serviced the tranny, the t-case, the differentials, and the coolant 1 year ago is because I bought the vehicle used and who knows how the PO treated his fluids. So better be safe than sorry and put fresh everything in the rig.

I did check when I got home yesterday and it was a little low on fluid so I added some more and so far the symptom hasn't surfaced again. Hopefully it was just needing that top-off.

Jerry - I am wondering if some of the fluid did drain out when my radiator was the day before (As Brando4905 stated above). That would be a good reason as to why it was possibly a little lower. I'll keep an eye on that area though. Appreciate the tip.

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