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Old 08-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Anyone with 32RH auto 3spd trans -?

So, When I bought my jeep it shifted slightly rough between P, N, and D. it seems to have gotten a little rougher, but I may be paranoid. The jeep shifts up and down when changing between these three which I believe to be normal. I also have some driveline slack that I am working on cleaning up, where I get a little pop or slap sometimes when I go from R to D. not very loud but sometimes audible.

Any info anyone else can give on theirs would be appreciated. I understand they may be some slack in the DL and it is meant to be there. As for the clunk and movement when shifting, I havn't found any good info. Thanks alot.

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My 98 auto does that also. Makes me kinda nervous hearing that " clunk ". The torque converter recently went out so I removed trans had rebuilt and new converter then reinstalled. Still does the same noise. I'm still nervous about it so when I stop I put the e brake on before I take my foot off the break. I feel it keeps some strain off the trans and helps with the loud " clunk ".

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I think I may have worn out U joints, either one or both. I am gona to be checking them out. could be your issue too. but thanks for chiming in! every person who does helps us get a better picture of the norm.
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I'd see if the TC cable from the transmission is too tight where it connects to the throttle linkage. Too loose and you can't get it into passing gear, too tight and it will shift harshly. The correct adjustment has the cable just tight enough to remove the slack but not so tight it is pulling on the throttle lever.
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True true. Cant hurt to check either. Preventive maintenance is better than finding it when it breaks.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:50 PM   #6
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I'd see if the TC cable from the transmission is too tight where it connects to the throttle linkage. Too loose and you can't get it into passing gear, too tight and it will shift harshly. The correct adjustment has the cable just tight enough to remove the slack but not so tight it is pulling on the throttle lever.

I was reading about that but it seemed that is more of a shifting when in gear kinda thing, right? It shifts fine 1, 2, 3, and lock up.

If your refereing to green then nvm :P
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I'm goin out to look at the Ujoints, and check a few other things Ill check back in in a minute.
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I have this as well. I think Ill be looking into this a bit now...
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I was reading about that but it seemed that is more of a shifting when in gear kinda thing, right? It shifts fine 1, 2, 3, and lock up.
A too tight TC cable can cause very abrupt shifts between any of the gears... including shifting into D from P, N into R, etc.
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I have some freeplay in my rear Ujoints, I can push and pull and rock and it clunks and shifts somewhat. Pretty sure it is all Ujoint and not tailshaft at all... the rear ujoint seems fine but I will probably just replace them both. front feels okay but looks dry so I should probably grease it soon. I was looking for that cable you were talking about but wasnt sure exactly which one or how to tell if it was tooo tight, I took my best guess however.

I was also lookin for the speedo housing because I am gona attempt to switch that out if I can find a 26 tooth for a decent price...
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A too tight TC cable can cause very abrupt shifts between any of the gears... including shifting into D from P, N into R, etc.

Okay well tell me what to look for. I was thinking the cable that runs into a bracket by the drivers side near the front of the bellhousing. then runs up into engine, Was the only cable I saw that made sense but there are a few on passenger side I didnt look at. It felt snug. If I have to I can take it to my trans guy he is good but I would rather save money.
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"I was looking for that cable you were talking about but wasnt sure exactly which one or how to tell if it was tooo tight, I took my best guess however."



I will as soon as I know what I am looking for.
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The transmission has two cables going to it... one for the shifter, the other that heads towards the rear then loops back to the engine compartment is the TC cable which connects to the throttle body linkage. Check it at the end that connects to the throttle body linkage. It should be taut, no slack, but absolutely not so taut that it is pulling any on the throttle linkage.
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Okay give me a second.
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P.S. The TC cable's length is adjusted at the engine end, where it passes through its mount just before it attaches to the throttle lever.
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As near as I can tell it is fine.
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I have to go to work, I am gona look at things again sometime this week, lots of stuff I need to look over. I will check out the cable a little better then but like I said it is snug, not loose or tight.
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so playing around driving, it doesnt do it going from P straight into D in one fast motion. P into R, and N into R are the worst. N into D is iffy.
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ATF level up to where it should be, checking it only per the instructions in your owner's manual? You don't check it with the engine off and cold, the engine must be warm and running and the transmission shifted through its gears and left in neutral before pulling the tranny's dipstick. The ATF should be clear red and not smell burnt.
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I'll check it out, I imagine if I need it flushed, do you suggest I just drop the pan, or do a full clean? I have heard alot of debates. if its low is it okay just to top it off with new as long as the old is okay? I can check it out in the morning.
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Jerry would it be possible that the tranmission mounts are just loose and they need to be tightened or repaired? I really don't know much about the mounting on a TJ but have been doing a reasearch and that could make sense with the jerking and movement I feel. The whole jeep lifts and lowers.

I will still check fluid nevertheless.
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just want to put my two cents in, ive had this "problem" since i bout it, found that no matter what if you are parking your car, stop, put in nuetral, pull e brake, then put in park. havnt had the harsh feeling when putting into drive or reverse. i think its the strenous action of the transmission being left to hold everything insteas i have the brakes take the brute force of it all
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I have had it too but I feel like its getting worse. I don't know how much should be there and how much shouldn't since I've only owned it a year of its life.
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I drove to town and got gas and came home to warm engine up, it was fully warmed. Pulled E brake, cycled through the gears, then Put in N. checked the tranny fluid and it was clear red and smelled like oil, no burn. It was about 1/4 away from *OK* on the minimum side, so I could probably top it off some. ATF 4+?
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1/4 inch off full is fine, better to be 1/4" low than over full, and my Jeeps done what your describing forever, but I ALWAYS make sure I am completely stopped before moving shifter and I always shifter in neutral for about 1 second before going into drive and same for going from D to R, but it did it with old tranny (115k miles) and with new...er tranny (39k miles) I swapped in june
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Okay, well its not 1/4 from from, its 1/4 from OK. its in the MIN. its about 1.5 inches from full so, I figure topping it off can't hurt. already picked up a quart so, gona pop a little in.
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And being you got your tranny on your mind, it wont hurt to do a filter/fluid change, or when was the last time?
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I have only owned my wrangler for a year, bought it at 119k. So I don't really know when/if it was done. I have read that if it wasn't done at all in the first 100k, not to worry about it and not do it. and I assume the PO had it done before because the fluid looks and smells good, not sure if that is a good judge but its about the best I have to go off of. I don't really have the reasources for a flush and filter, and I want to do a full flush not just drop the pan if I a am gona do it.
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Well, just me, but I've never done a power flush and probably never will, but I just replaced my tranny in June, 115k miles, I found it was cheaper to replace than rebuild, but I did put a cooler on the new(er) tranny, friction plates came apart on the old one (years or being overheated) and be being oblivious! (I was in the mindset of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it") but I know alot about it now.
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But I realythink if you "play" with the adjustment on the TV cable, you will make it suit you, but I just don't know how to get the adjuster apart, I played with it a little but scared I was gonna break it and I've for the service manual on CD rom, just haven't looked into it yet

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