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Once a week my Jeep (4.0L, auto) will not go into 4th gear. Runs OK all other times. Is it a known problem, common problem?

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    James Gould May 11, 2010

    Does it happen when its cold? Most vehicles will not allow the transmission to go into 4th or overdrive to get the engine and transmission fluid temp up to get the best fuel mileage. Once the engine/ transmission fluid temp rises to the specified temp then it will shift. Hope this is the issue your having cause this is normal.

    James G

    Chrysler Tech

  • Brocephus May 11, 2010

    Fourth gear... does it have a fourth gear or are you referring to "Overdrive"? Not many automatic transmissions have a fourth gear although many do have an Overdrive band that is activated by a hydraulic servo. The seals in your overdrive servo may be wearing or you may have suffcient deposits built up in the oil passages that are inhibiting the flow of oil to the servo. When was the last time you had a transmission flush and changed the filter? Not just a drain and fill, but a full-fledged transmission flush?

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Do a power flush for your transmission and replace the trans filter

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