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Old 09-05-2014, 08:09 PM
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First/Reverse Gear Whine in 2014 Automatic JK

I hate to make my first post here about a problem, but here it goes.

Just bought a 2014 JK Sport Automatic - it has about 700 miles on it. At around 200 miles, it developed a whine or "hoot" noise whenever it shifts into first or reverse. This only happens after it has warmed up. It's loud enough that my wife notices, and she doesn't notice much about vehicles.

Took it to the dealer and they noticed it. They called today and said it's "normal". They've heard it before, but couldn't tell me how many times.

So, my question to you all: is this normal for these vehicles? What defines normal - all of them do it, some do it, or a few do it? What could be causing this sound? I test drove several new JK's before buying this one (and did quite a lot of test driving in this one) - I've never heard this noise before.

Other issues with my new rig: the driver-side freedom panel is a different color black from the rest of the top and I hear a water-rushing sound sometimes when I start it in the morning.

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I have a '14 auto and it makes a humming/whining sound at 1400 rpm's, but will go away once passed 1400 rpm's. Dealer said it is a normal sound as well. BUT, I know it's not a normal sound as this is my 4th wrangler and 10th vehicle all together. Yes, checked the motor mounts, muffler shroud mounts, etc....

I had a hardtop, but never had a problem with leaks or different coloration so I can't tell you much there. Did you check and see if you have them locked in there properly. Any cracks in the soft rubber surrounding the panels.

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Have the same issue. Noticed it at about 200 miles. The dealer replaced the valve body, but that did not mitigate the noise.
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I should say that the hard top issue and water rushing issue are different - the water rushing sound is coming from the dash. The top hasn't leaked - which makes me reluctant to get a new piece (in case that causes it to start leaking).

Ekrop: are you continuing to discuss this with your dealer? I'm not willing to settle for "it happens" as an explanation. If it happens, then why? I didn't buy new so I could drive around with a problem until it breaks.
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There are a few threads about water rushing sound in the dash on this forum, if i remember correctly you might have some air bubbles in your radiator and you could bleed the radiator to get rid of it. Just search the forum and you should find some threads about it.
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I'll try bleeding the radiator and see if that helps with the water rushing sound.

The language my service tech used to talk about the top issue changed from "Chrysler will definitely fix this" when I first talked about it to "I'll fight hard to get this fixed for you". Uh...ok. He had to take photos of the top and send them to Chrysler - my bet is that the photos don't show the difference in color. We'll see.

Looking at the service note regarding the whine/hoot: "The faint whistle is normal in these when going from reverse to drive. Have driven many of these and they all do this, part of design. Will research more on Tuesday".

This, despite our phone conversation where he told me that he couldn't find another one that did this. If they "all" do this, then give me a test drive in a few and show me that's the case. It's also not "faint" - it's clear-as-a-bell. Looks like they're building a case to do nothing about this.

In my mind, it should operate and sound like every other new Wrangler out there. It doesn't, so something is going on. Just because they don't know what it is, doesn't let them off the hook for fixing it.

Time to go to another dealer or keep pushing them on it? What's the best strategy for working through issues like this with Jeep/Chrysler? My last two cars were Subaru & Toyota - didn't have a problem like this getting an issue addressed.
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My 2013 automatic trans, does not have a whining sound.
Did you check your fluid level?
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I hate to make my first post here about a problem, but here it goes.

Just bought a 2014 JK Sport Automatic - it has about 700 miles on it. At around 200 miles, it developed a whine or "hoot" noise whenever it shifts into first or reverse. This only happens after it has warmed up. It's loud enough that my wife notices, and she doesn't notice much about vehicles.

Took it to the dealer and they noticed it. They called today and said it's "normal". They've heard it before, but couldn't tell me how many times.

So, my question to you all: is this normal for these vehicles? What defines normal - all of them do it, some do it, or a few do it? What could be causing this sound? I test drove several new JK's before buying this one (and did quite a lot of test driving in this one) - I've never heard this noise before.

Other issues with my new rig: the driver-side freedom panel is a different color black from the rest of the top and I hear a water-rushing sound sometimes when I start it in the morning.
I just brought my 2014 in after the shifting noise developed after a few thousand miles and was told it is normal. I still doubt it since it started later on.

Here is someone's link with the same sound:

http://s663.photobucket.com/user/big...e05e0.mp4.html
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My 2013 automatic trans, does not have a whining sound. Did you check your fluid level?
This. My 6 spd was a quart low from the factory. Also forgive me if it was written but is this a auto or stick? Almost all cars will whine when in first or reverse bc of the low gear ratio. Just like 4lo will whine.

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