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Gear problem I have a an old jeep cherokee and after some electrical and changing of fuses etc. the drive work did properly. The gear seems to be slipping and the revs go high without much motion. Can you help

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  • joemack2000 Apr 14, 2009

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    The vehicle is a K reg auto 4 litre High Output, old shape, and the problem is as follows. There are several drive settings, 4 x 4 drive etc. which is selected by a level slightly lower down from the main gear shift. when the vehicle is in normal 2 wheel drive, it just slips and takes off with low power and high revs. If on the other hand the gear is set to 4 wheel drive, the power is there. Also, if the vehicle is back in normal 2 wheel drive, reverse and high gear ratio 2 & 3,setting works O.K.

    I thought It might have something to do with the electrics

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    OK, your problem description is not very easy to understand, but if the transmission is a stickshift, you likely need a new clutch. If it's an automatic, unit has internal problems or is very low on fluid (which will cause internal failure if it has not already)
    I suggest that next time you post a problem give vehicle year and information about what is wrong that can aid whoever attempts to answer. (engine size, year, transmission type are all very important items) Try to remember, only you can see your vehicle and know these things!!!


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OK, slipping is an internal transmission problem. If the vehicle has not been on the road for a long time, I suggest that you at least change the trans fluid. Depending upon what year the vehicle was made, electronics play some part in trans operation (later years more so than earlier ones) but from what I understand from your post, it seems more likely that internal transmission clutches are not getting adequate apply pressure, and are therefore slipping. Using lower transfer case gears puts less load on the transmission therefore making it easier to get the vehicle moving, but the slipping is likely still there.If when you remove the trans pan you find a large amount of debris in there (either metal or clutch material), or any gummy residue this will verify that the problem is inside the unit. On some transmissions you can change pressure, but in most cases this does little or nothing to help the problem.

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we need vastly more symptoms then that,sorry
if the engine surges, that is first. (surges in 1 gear)
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find any machanic in town
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seems you can not, and learning is 1hour in car class..or 10x that lacking facts of drive train functions.


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