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Auto tranny won't shift down, how to fix? - 1998 Jeep Cherokee

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  • jeeper75 Nov 20, 2009

    Thanks thundergod for your quick response. Greatly appreciated.



    I bought the RHD 98 cherokee sport back in May. The people that owned it before obviously didn't maintain it. With 144000km(roughly 87000 miles)on it, I thought it shouldn't be to difficult to fix up. The Tranny was working just fine then. I went out, started it up and drove to work but noticed that it had a sluggish start as if it were in a high gear. I was baffled. When I pulled up to the stop light it wouldn’t shift down. Got to work turned it off. In the evening after work, got back in it and drove away and it worked normal again. So I took it to my friend and we checked the oil level and it was really high, so I drained some fluid and it seemed to work better after that, but now its doing it again. I have to manually put it into 1st to start then when I get enough momentum I shift it into 3rd then D. It seems to skip 2nd altogether.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Could be as simple as throttle cable adjustment or replacement, or a bad converter that won't disengage when you stop. You weren't specific enough in your post to get more specific in your answer. If adjustment of cable or changing the fluid does not help you will need a "hands on" diagnosis by a competent shop. Aside from what I mentioned, there are no "user friendly" repairs that can be done.

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I'd be willing to bet that it's loaded with varnish. Sounds a lot like the solenoids in the valve body are sticking. Problem is that if this is the case, most times using any kind of solvent will also damage the internal clutches. I'd try changing the fluid and using an additive such as that made by Lucas. You may need to change it more than once before it helps. Otherwise, you may need to at least have the valve body cleaned out and perhaps have the solenoids replaced. If you have a trans shop with a good reputation in your area I'd trust their judgment on what's needed. I can't see yours from here so their diagnosis will be more accurate after testing than anything I can tell you.

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