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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission or transfer case

A while back, my cooling line broke to the radiator and tranny fluid leaked out while driving. Tranny slipped and I stopped the jeep and got it fixed. With tranny fluid fill, transmission seems to work fine but when going up steep inclines in feels like it is slipping and Jeep lurches. Also, when accelerating hard in any gear, I hear a clunking noise. Any ideas?

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  • lorin31 Apr 13, 2009

    This is a fulltime 4 wd jeep. When I put it in 4l I do not hear any noises and it shifts fine. I do not hear any grinding in 4h, only a whining noise. It runs fine on the highway, it only makes this sound and acts this way when starting out or going up hills.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Depending upon how much fluid you lost and how long it ran low, you may have done some internal damage to the unit. Internal trans components depend on fluid to remain "alive" and do not respond well to fluid loss. have the unit checked by a good, competent transmission shop.

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As I said, trans fluid keeps the internal components "alive"... Low fluid level can cause burning of internal clutches, premature hardening of seals (essential to proper transmission of fluid pressure) as well as lubrication of necessary gear components such as planetary gear set (which can cause whine etc. which you now have) All of these components rely upon a constant flow of fluid for both cooling and lubrication. Depending upon how low and how long these parts had interrupted fluid flow, directly influences how much damage was done. I take no joy in telling you that you may have damaged your unit, I'd be far happier if I could give you a quick, inexpensive fix. But based upon what you have said, If I was working hands-on with this problem, I would make the recommendation I've already made. There are pressure tests etc that can be done at a transmission shop to verify to some degree of certainty what is going on within your unit. Hopefully they may find something other than what I've said. At this point though, it is wise to have it checked out by a professional, before you become stranded at a time when you can least afford to be.

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