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Old 09-24-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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issues need help...

ok so my jeeps a 1997 4.0 auto 33x12.5 and normally when i start the car up and put it into drive it will move... lately when i start it and put it into drive it wont move... once i give it some gas it wakes up... but i feel like theres no pressure of somethings just wrong.... any suggestions?

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Old 09-24-2008, 04:26 PM   #2
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Is your idle a lil lower? I wouldn't consider it a problem unless you have a slippage problem. That would be wear on bands most likely. With a operational temp. engine. Go ahead and start up your "car"(do you really call your Jeep a car?) put a foot on the brakes, give her enough gas to wear the tire don't spin... it will put your cat. conv. to a lil test, and where do the RPM's get before your topped out? This will let you know if the cat is working properly. Does anyone know what the stall is on a factory cat?

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Check the ATF fluid level of your automatic transmission, it could just be low. The instructions on how to do that are in the owner's manual but basically, it's start the engine and shift through all the gears, leaving the shifter in Neutral. Then with the engine still running (set the parking brake!), check the ATF fluid level with the dipstick located near the firewall on the passenger side. Don't confuse it with the engine oil dip stick. If the ATF fluid is up where it should be, your tranny needs work... which could be as minor as an ATF flush or having the bands adjusted.
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:42 AM   #4
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noo i dont call my jeep a car i rushed this post off before class started... i call her big red actually.. thanks for the help
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Is your idle a lil lower? I wouldn't consider it a problem unless you have a slippage problem. That would be wear on bands most likely. With a operational temp. engine. Go ahead and start up your "car"(do you really call your Jeep a car?) put a foot on the brakes, give her enough gas to wear the tire don't spin... it will put your cat. conv. to a lil test, and where do the RPM's get before your topped out? This will let you know if the cat is working properly. Does anyone know what the stall is on a factory cat?
Sounds to me like you are talking about the torque converter when you mention stall speed, not the catalytic converter.
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its only when the jeeps sitting for a day or two... i just need to giver it a good amount of throttle to get it going then itsfine.. but it feels like its shifting differently now to
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Sounds to me like you are talking about the torque converter when you mention stall speed, not the catalytic converter.
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ya, check trans fluid.
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can i put multi purpose atf in my jeep or should i put atf 4
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Your 32RH should only use ATF+3 or ATF+4.
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im not sure whats in it now... should i just fill it with atf 3 of 4 is it ok if there mixed?
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You can mix ATF+3 and ATF+4 but at this point, with the problems you're having, I'd probably have a tranny shop flush the old ATF out and refill it with ATF+3, or if you're feeling rich ATF+4. Why are you adding ATF? Is it low? What is the color of the ATF and does it smell burnt?
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:55 PM   #13
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well im guessin im having these issues because im either low on atf or its just burnt... im also having a leak thats trans fluid so idk whats going on now
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You mean you haven't checked the ATF level in your transmission yet with the problems you're having?
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:03 PM   #15
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the jeeps here at school wit me ... i dont drive it because our campus has everything ... it happened twice and its been sitting a week since it happened.. what should i do?
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You are definitely low on tranny fluid! Buy at least two quarts of +4 ATF and measure your level with the quick instructions Jerry provided. Fill with AFT to the recommended level and have your tranny fluid exchanged either by yourself or a reputable shop. You may also want to check your xfercase fluid as well - it also takes +4 ATF.
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You may also want to check your xfercase fluid as well - it also takes +4 ATF.
The 231 t-case is happy with nearly any good quality ATF... Mercon, ATF+3, ATF+4, etc. Owner's manuals only specifiy its ATF so it coincides with what the automatic transmission du jour requires.
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so should i just fill it up or have it replaced
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Dude. Let me lay it out for you.

1) Check the ATF.
2) If it is full but the ATF smells or smells burnt, flush it out and refill it with fresh ATF+3 or ATF+4.
3) If it is low but the ATF smells or looks burnt, flush it out and refill it with fresh ATF+3 or ATF+4.
4) If it is low but looks/smells ok, add enough ATF+3 or ATF+4 to bring it to the full line.

You check the ATF as follows:
1) Start the engine and allow it to warm up.
2) Shift the transmission through all the gears and leave it in Neutral, making sure the parking brake is set. The engine must still be running.
3) Check the ATF level with the transmission's dip stick located near the firewall on the passenger-side of the engine. Don't mistake the oil level dip stick for the transmission dipstick.

It takes just a few minutes to get a good check on the ATF fluid, you have all the instructions needed to do so.
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thank guys sorry for being a pain... i hope all goes well..

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