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Old 12-23-2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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my 2010 wrangler sport hesitates for a few seconds when shifting gears. It seems to hesitate when shifting into next gear the moment i step on the gas for a few seconds. Anyone expierence this?

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I too have a 2010 sport and I do notice a very small amount of hesitation, however it's not that significant. Granted the Wranglers transmission is no where near as smooth as other cars, so I really wasn't expecting it to shift like a Corvette.

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its not the tranny hesitating...its the engine....no power for a few seconds as i engage the clutch in between gears
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I too have a 2010 sport and I do notice a very small amount of hesitation, however it's not that significant. Granted the Wranglers transmission is no where near as smooth as other cars, so I really wasn't expecting it to shift like a Corvette.

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The Wrangler IS NOT a CAR. If you notice it has a body on frame truck construction.
I KNOW that the Wrangler is not a car. I never call it a car, its a Jeep. Looking back I see that I said "like other cars". I was just talking in general. Sorry for the confusion.
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my 2010 wrangler sport hesitates for a few seconds when shifting gears. It seems to hesitate when shifting into next gear the moment i step on the gas for a few seconds. Anyone expierence this?
It's the engine hesitating. The engine doesn't have enough power to pull itself forward in it's present gear, that's why it's always downshifting to get going. It's really a big engineering mistake on Chrysler' for putting such a wimpy engine in a off road classic. Chrysler should make the engineers drive what they designed, instead of them driving the Mercedes all the time.
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I KNOW that the Wrangler is not a car. I never call it a car, its a Jeep. Looking back I see that I said "like other cars". I was just talking in general. Sorry for the confusion.
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Regarding the hesitation, my JK, and all jeeps that I have driven, mostly the older jeep models but lesser on the JK I find it quite klunky. I have always felt that this is due to the gearing being so low. It has required me to really polish my foot coordination on clutch and gas to provide smooth transition from one gear to the next. I've been driving it now for three years and I am still not as smooth as I would like to be while shifting. Jeep is very sensitive on the gas and responds like a truck. Yah, I'm getting used to it...and love it.
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my 2010 wrangler sport hesitates for a few seconds when shifting gears. It seems to hesitate when shifting into next gear the moment i step on the gas for a few seconds. Anyone expierence this?
I have 2011, does the same thing. Engine too wimpy to get moving forward in it's present gear. Thats why it's always downshifting. Chrysler can't get it right yet. maybe 2012 engine. I need a Hemi.
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Mine did that when it was new. Probably a clutch break in period. At 22500 miles it has good bite.
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I have 2011, does the same thing. Engine too wimpy to get moving forward in it's present gear. Thats why it's always downshifting. Chrysler can't get it right yet. maybe 2012 engine. I need a Hemi.
Just drive a 2.5l for a while or a VW bus and the feeling will go away
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I have 2011, does the same thing. Engine too wimpy to get moving forward in it's present gear. Thats why it's always downshifting. Chrysler can't get it right yet. maybe 2012 engine. I need a Hemi.
That would suggest an issue with the transmission, not the engine. The 3.6 isn't going to be much better with the same automatic transmission. The 6 speed manual has no "hestitation" issues.
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Hey Porch,

Mine is a 2010 also. It started hesitating as I shifted into 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I took it into the dealer. They couldn't really come up with a problem so they put in a new clutch at only 2000 miles. It was fine for about a week. Started doing it again. Took it in, they said they couldn't duplicate the problem. I picked it back up, it was fine. About 2 months later after picking it back up from the dealer because of a recall on part of the suspension, on the way home it starts hesitating again. People keep saying its the engine, but this problem is not consistent at all. Maybe it is just a break in on the clutch because the jeep has two clutch's (if they actually replaced the first one at 2000 miles) and it only has 5000 on it now. If I shift around 2k RPMs, when its acting up, it hesitates, but when I'm more around 3k RPMs its fine. Are you still having the problem still?
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That would suggest an issue with the transmission, not the engine. The 3.6 isn't going to be much better with the same automatic transmission. The 6 speed manual has no "hestitation" issues.
It's is definitely the engine. A strong engine would overcome a load applied to it. The engine is so wimpy the gearing has to be just right or it will bog down (hesitate). All my eight other new cars trucks never did this.
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Looking back at the history of the jeep, it seems that almost without exception the power plant is small relative to the task of overcoming the mass of the vehicle from stop. In these days of fleet economy targets and emissions concerns, I don't see any manufacturer getting on the muscle band wagon across their entire fleet. Maybe a choice one or two models...the Corvette comes to mind as an example...big engine, small mass, great acceleration. I don't see a V8 in the jeep future....unless you force one in there after spending the money for all of the upgrade parts. That having been said, I think it is an adjustment factor that most of us jeepers get used to quickly...or we wouldn't be jeepers.
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I am also having the same issues in my 2011 with 11,000 but in 4th and 5th. I can't get it to reproduce itself long enough so that I can get it to the dealer for them to drive it. The stick will shake and there is a noticable lag. Frustrating at best!

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