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Old 01-29-2014, 02:24 PM   #31
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Will you notice the tranny running any better? Mine will shift hard sometimes. Im thinking about doing this.

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That’s impossible to say but possibly. Have you checked its ATF level properly to make sure it is full? If you add ATF, make sure to only use ATF+4.

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What would be the proper level test?
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:44 PM   #34
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What would be the proper level test?
The transmission dipstick has a cold and hot level marked on it. Check it in N with the jeep running.
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It can be checked in Park too with his 42rle transmission.
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It can be checked in Park too with his 42rle transmission.
Does my 42rle pump run in park too? I assumed based on my limited experience with my 32rh so I've been using N needlessly, lol.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:00 PM   #37
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Will you notice the tranny running any better? Mine will shift hard sometimes. Im thinking about doing this.
If you have not ever done a filter change on your 42rle I suggest doing so and replace the tranny pan when you do it. Your 2003 came with a slightly smaller (approx 1.5 quarts)capacity transmission pan than the models made later in 04 and beyond.

It's very cheap and worth doing since your in there anyway. You will also need a new magnet.

These trannys (42rle) can be fussy...mine really want's to stay in 1st gear it's first 50 yards when's it's -20 degrees outside.
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Does my 42rle pump run in park too? .
Yes, it runs in Park & Neutral on the 42rle, unlike the 32rh that must be checked only in Neutral.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:37 PM   #39
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Jerry - your last comment regarding "..32rh that must be checked only in neutral" leads me to ask a dumb question (or 2):

When we check the auto trans fluid level, we must do it with the trans pumping - ie N for the 32rh and P or N for the 32rle?

If the 32rh is checked in P, is this indicated fluid level then lower or higher than actual?

Curious b/c when I check my 32rh, it seems the fluid line isn't always obvious as it's all up-n-down the stick.

As always - thanks for your help.

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Yep check the ATF with the engine running and the transmission in N for the 32RH or P/N for the 42RLE.

The pump isn't pumping in Park in the 32RH, you wouldn't get an accurate level reading in Park and it would likely read higher than it really is since it isn't pumping ATF out of the sump.

And yep, it always takes me several repeated readings in good light of the dipstick to finally feel comfortable I'm getting a valid reading.

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Adjustments??

While you were in there were there any adjustments made to bands, etc? Torque to this number back off this number of turns kind of thing? I've never been in the Jeep tranny but I assume that they have some level of adjustment.
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You can adjust the bands if you need to.
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I am under the impression that the 42rle does not have any bands to adjust. The older jeep auto trans does, but not the 42rle
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Right, 32rh has adjustable bands 42rle has TCM. Rickow looks to have the 2003, so I think I was confused about the question and which transmission was being referenced. Sorry about any confusion I may have caused.
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Ok, so I Whateve my filter today. Followed the same steps as mentioned earlier. went to start flushing the fluid, like mentioned on previous posts, using same steps. Attached hose to radiator started engine, put in neutral, nothing. It barely dripped. Tried going through gears, let it idle to build pressure, nothing! lol. Please help!! Im ready to get back in my jeep!
Did anyone ever come up with an answer to this question? I've never flushed mine, but I figured the way I always have problems with anything liquid this will probably happen to me.
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Did anyone ever come up with an answer to this question? I've never flushed mine, but I figured the way I always have problems with anything liquid this will probably happen to me.
My first guess, if he had the older trans that pumps only in neutral, would be that there wasn't enough fluid in the pan to pump yet. You have to have enough in to start pumping and then you have to pour it in as fast as it pumps. It really helps to have two people but I've done it by myself of my old '99.
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Kind of like bleeding your brakes, just be fast on your feet and be sure the reservoir doesn't run dry. And it definitely would help to have the assistance of another couple of hands.
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Thanks very much for this. I had fun working through it this weekend.
Looking around I found reference to the pan bolts being tightened to 140 in/lbs, 150 in/lbs and even a quarter grunt
I went for 140 in/lbs and crossed my fingers (no leaks as yet), but if someone had definitive info it would be great to add it here!

my gear changes became inconsistent, rarely going in to first when coming to a stop, after mis-judging the depth of a muddy water hazard. looking at the filter it seems some of the bog ended up in the transmission. i seem to remember a thread about how this can happen, so i'm off to find it!

thanks all for you help as always.

EDIT: mine is a 32rh
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