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Old 03-20-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Transmission issues

My 3 speed automatic with overdrive in my 2001 TJ is shuddering intermittently. I have changed the fluid, and filter with no change. The problem generally occurs between 1st, and 2nd.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Im no trans expert, but maybe a couple suggestions. Have you tried shifting it manually from 1st to 2nd and at different speeds? See what it does. I have a 3spd auto, no overdrive, and it shifts much nicer when i do it manually. Also do you have a lift on it? When i lifted mine it shuttered about 30 mph right around shift point. I lowered my t case and it went away. Also possibly could be u joints. I dont know, just tossing some ideas out. Good luck.

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:39 PM   #3
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I've got an '03 Sahara 4.0 with 4-speed automatic...mine starting doing this same thing when shifting from 1st-2nd and also 3rd-4th....downshifting was smooth....took it to my local transmission shop and they 're-flashed' the transmission and it shift much better....hope this helps
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Im no trans expert, but maybe a couple suggestions. Have you tried shifting it manually from 1st to 2nd and at different speeds? See what it does. I have a 3spd auto, no overdrive, and it shifts much nicer when i do it manually. Also do you have a lift on it? When i lifted mine it shuttered about 30 mph right around shift point. I lowered my t case and it went away. Also possibly could be u joints. I dont know, just tossing some ideas out. Good luck.
No lift, and it does not seem to care manually shifting, or automatic. The Jeep has only about 95K on it. Yesterday when I first started it, it did not want to climb out of the parking lot. I am beginning to think it is valve body, and a band.
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I've got an '03 Sahara 4.0 with 4-speed automatic...mine starting doing this same thing when shifting from 1st-2nd and also 3rd-4th....downshifting was smooth....took it to my local transmission shop and they 're-flashed' the transmission and it shift much better....hope this helps
Thanks, I'll give that a shot. I got her all put together after my TJ VS mountain experience last October, frame straightened, and sheet metal alignment.
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Your 32RH is an excellent transmission, I doubt it needs too much work to fix it. You're in luck being in SOCAL, one of the very best and most honest Jeep transmission guy is located in Westminster. Contact Joe at Westminster Transmissions at 714-898-0089.

This guy has spent so much time helping Jeepers over the phone I don't even know how he has time to make any $$$ actually repairing/rebuilding them. Joe is the only guy a lot of very experienced SOCAL Jeepers trust and will recommend.

And while the advice wjwillia gave is very good for 2003 and newer transmisions which is the 42RLE, it won't work for your 2001 32RH which is entirely mechanical and hydraulic. The 32RH automatic transmission used until 2003 has no computer to be reflashed.
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Your 32RH is an excellent transmission, I doubt it needs too much work to fix it. You're in luck being in SOCAL, one of the very best and most honest Jeep transmission guy is located in Westminster. Contact Joe at Westminster Transmissions at 714-898-0089.

This guy has spent so much time helping Jeepers over the phone I don't even know how he has time to make any $$$ actually repairing/rebuilding them. Joe is the only guy a lot of very experienced SOCAL Jeepers trust and will recommend.

And while the advice wjwillia gave is very good for 2003 and newer transmisions which is the 42RLE, it won't work for your 2001 32RH which is entirely mechanical and hydraulic. The 32RH automatic transmission used until 2003 has no computer to be reflashed.
Thanks for the information Jerry.
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Try adjusting the TV (throttle valve) cable and see if that helps. Mine did that after I did my tt couple weeks ago and now it is back to normal with the tv cable adjustment.
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Try adjusting the TV (throttle valve) cable and see if that helps. Mine did that after I did my tt couple weeks ago and now it is back to normal with the tv cable adjustment.
The proper setting for the TV cable is so the slack is out but nothing more than that. It should not be pulling on the thottle lever at all, the cable just needs to have no slack in it. Its tension is adjusted where its plastic holder passes through the bracket next to the throttle body.
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When my 32RE started shuddering and shifting rough in my Grand Cherokee it was the torque converter failing, and burned up my transmission pretty bad.
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The proper setting for the TV cable is so the slack is out but nothing more than that. It should not be pulling on the thottle lever at all, the cable just needs to have no slack in it. Its tension is adjusted where its plastic holder passes through the bracket next to the throttle body.
Thanks Jerry for the quick how-to. I also quirk some lube on the TV cable where the cable slides back and forth in the housing at the throttle body end.

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