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Old 06-07-2014, 02:53 AM   #1
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Strange I6/tranny combo...help?

So I'm looking over a jeep for a good friend of mine while she's on deployment. It's an 2001 anniversary edition, 5 spd, 4.0 liter. Everything checks good except when I looked under the chassis to check the transmission fluid level.

Now I won't pretend to know much more than a typical beginner jeep hobbyist, but my understanding is that the 6 cyl wranglers were manufactured with AX-15 manual transmissions and the 4 cyl wranglers with AX-5 transmissions. I personally own a '99 TJ with an AX-15, so I feel very confident when I say that the transmission under the sellers jeep was NOT an AX-15.

I verified it was in fact a 6 cyl jeep (6 spark plugs) just in case the decals on the side were lies. Now, I've never actually seen in person what an AX-5 looks like, outside of the pics I've pulled up online. But it does seem to match the likeliness of an AX-5. It has it's drain plug directly on the bottom and middle. The fill plug, however, is probably the hugest hex key plug I've ever seen. Unless I bought a ginormous hex key especially to check/fill the tranny, I'd definitely have to fill from the shift tower.

I'm pretty stumped and don't want to make a move before asking some more experienced jeepers. My friend is coming off a very long deployment and there is no way in hell I'm greeting her with a shady jeep. Any thoughts or ideas about this strange combination?

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TJ / transmissions / specs
Should be the NV3500
It's a 17mm drain/fill plug
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:39 AM   #3
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TJ / transmissions / specs
Should be the NV3500
It's a 17mm drain/fill plug
Aha. That makes sense now. Thanks for the help. I guess she's getting a jeep when she comes home!!
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