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When you shift into gear from park, our Jeep jerks a bit. We have it up for sale and potential buyers are afraid its the transmission that is going. Is that always the case, is there something we can check for rather than paying a mechanic to tell us something simple.

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Are you shifting into drive when its cold and the RPM's are high? If so the jolt is normal. This is pretty normal thing to happen. But since its happening How big are the jolts? is it something that just started. Cause thats not so much a sign as i drive a 96 jeep cherokee and if i just hop in and go it will give a little bit of shake in the vehicle. If the car is warm this is never a problem. After all it is a suv not a car. If the transmission on the vehicle was going you would probably have slippage into gear more then a jolt.
Please follow up with a comment after trying to see when you let the car warm up and its in lower idle rpms what happens. An i will help assist you from there. Thanks and have a great day.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

  • sbautz Aug 26, 2010

    It had jerked the entire time we have owned it. When I say ****, its not that bad at all not that it gives a person whiplash. I am not sure what it would feel like to have gears slipping. Another person said to push on the brakes harded, and we just tried that and it did improve the ****. Our neighbour said it is the universal joint, and insight????? Thanks again!

  • stanitis Aug 27, 2010

    Make sure your tires are ALL the correct size and/or they are NOT too differant in wear. Some vehicles (4x4) are touchy in that regard!

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Its only the transmision taking up the slack of the fluid drive.a tip is to allways have your foot hard on the brake when changing into gear(safety factor) now if it were a limo, that would not be right......

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  • sbautz Aug 26, 2010

    It did help to push on the brake hard. Would that possibly be a sign the brakes are wearing? Should we have the fluid drive looked at? Or is this normal?

  • geoff hunter Aug 27, 2010

    the fluid level should be checked about every 2 months,as a low level would produce the same symptoms,but as i say,it is normal for an suv.....

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