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Transmission wont shift into reverse

My 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission overheated and now wont go into reverse, and when I dropped the pan the fluid was a grayish color and thick with metal shavings. Could the reverse gears be shot inside the trans or could it possibly be just the torque converter?

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  • rfoxworth Aug 08, 2008

    Same issue exactly - my shop wants to replace the trans. Anybody have any ideas, or is this definitely a blown transmission?

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Randomly after driving 20 miles my grand am shoots up in temp. and begins overheating. After we pull over the car and look under the hood we see that the transmission fluid is erupting from the dipstick. we had to stop 5 different times in the next 5 miles. The next day we popped the hood took a look at he transmission fluids dip stick and a thick white consistency, almost a gooey film came out on the dip stick, we didn't even have to wipe it. The color and thickness of it was obvious by just looking at it. what does this mean?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    when I put in reverse it won't move only drive it run - what is the problem - bad tranny?? Please help!



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By the grayish color, fluid being thick, and metal shavings, the clutches are pretty much worn out. It's time to either rebuilding your transmission or just installing a good used one. The fluid normally should be a reddish color. The gray is from the actual clutch material going away.

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