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My 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 is slipping gears, I have recently changed fluid and filter,although it helped for two days,the problem came back.There was no metal in the pan but fluid seemed burned.would the cooling lines cause the problem.??It also seems to whine(almost like when power steering is low). I used quality fluid and levels are fine.

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Conditioners are never a fix if you get it repaired before you do damage to the rest of transmission you can just replace the pump and adjust the bands

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Whining is generally associated with a pump failure. When the pump wears out, pressure required to operate the clutch packs inside the transmission gets low and permits the clutches to slip. Slipping results in the clutches overheating and burning the fluid. Unfortunately, the only real way of correcting the problem is by having the unit re-built. If you can't afford to do that immediately, you could add lucas conditioner and sealer. That may help a bit 'till you can get the work done. (no chemical will repair worn parts only buys you some time)

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When you select a gear, do you get anything, any slight jolt to the vehicle?

If nothing at all, also might check the transmission lever linkage.

Is this 4WD or 2WD? If 4WD, also need to check transfer case setting, make sure it is properly set.

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