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Old 04-06-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Reverse not working in 2000 Wrangler

Hi Everyone,

Have a problem with my 2000 Jeep Wrangler with automatic transmission. During a cold spell over the winter when attempting to back out of my driveway, my reverse stopped working. The engine will rev as if it's in neutral but the Jeep won't move.

So far I have changed the fliuid and filter, and treated with TransX treatment.

Any ideas on what could be the fix to the problem? All other gears work fine. Hoping not to have to do a rebuild...but hey whatever it takes.

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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It could be nothing more than your shifter cable is out of adjustment. Have you tried slowly moving the shifter up & down through from Park to Neutral while holding the shifter button pressed in to see if it will go into Reverse?

By the way, additives are usually nothing but bad news, especially when added to ATF for an automatic transmission.

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Haven't tried it at a slower than normal pace. Might be worth noting that when the reverse first went out when backing it out I was able to make it slowly back out by accellerating harder than normal. Now it won't move for me at all.

Thanks for the tip on the additive. Wasn't aware of that.

Any other thoughts?
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Oh that kinda changes things. I'd take it to a tranny shop for a drain, flush, filter change, and have the bands adjusted. That should not be expensive and it may help. Just don't take it to Aamco or any other large chain transmission shop, they have quotas to meet and often find more wrong with a transmission than there really is. I would find a small locally owned independent transmission shop that is a member of your local Better Business Bureau and have them perform that service. If you're in SOCAL, I can point you to a known honest Jeep-oriented tranny guy.
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:46 PM   #5
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x2 on the band adjustment.
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