Burnt Fluid in Transmission, what do i do? - JeepForum.com
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Cherokee & Comanche Forums > XJ Cherokee Technical Forum > Burnt Fluid in Transmission, what do i do?

Introducing MONSTALINER™ UV Permanent DIY Roll On Bed LineRubicon Express Suspensions from CCOR 706-207-4140Smittybilt Hard Tops @ Oconee Off-Road! 706-534-9955

Unread 09-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 18
Burnt Fluid in Transmission, what do i do?

I have posted a thread about this a while back, and i am getting ready to do the deed, but i just wanted to talk to you guys quickly about some thoughts I've had.

Just as a recap of info: I have a 98 Cherokee 4.0 with the AW4 with approximately 130,000 miles on it. This vehicle is 100% stock and has never towed anything.

My fluid it burnt. Its completely brown on the dipstick and definitely smells burnt. The fluid is at the correct level, and the transmission operates FINE (from what i can tell)

Most of you guys told me to do the drain and fill method, just draining the pan, refilling those 4 quarts, and repeating every few hundred miles until it stays red

My concern is that while, obviously the transmission will fail at SOME point if i leave the burnt fluid in there, i'm afraid that the cleaning agents in the new fluid will clean out all the "crap" in the old fluid that the transmission got used to running on (by driving so long with burnt fluid etc.)

So with that in mind, do you guys advise doing the drain fill method still or just leave it in ? I know its like rolling the dice with this situation, but i am just trying to make the best decision here. Obviously maintaining a vehicle properly from the start is the right thing to do, but unfortunately i am stuck buying used vehicles.

Anyway, as a last note, what should i do? and what about the filter? should i wait to change it until i do a few cycles of the drain and fill ? And would you guys advise adding a bottle of Lubegard Red to the mix to help condition stuff (i dont know what it does, im a sucker, just heard some good things about it)

Also i bought 12 pack of DexIII/ Merc by Peak, any input on that?

YeOlCherokee is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 09-06-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 663
I definitely do not recommend putting additives in the trannsmission the only thing you can really do is drop your pan drain fluid clean the pan and magnet remove old filter most people just replace the filter put it back together and poor the fluid in..but i would recommend adjusting the bands to the specs in the repair manual,which you will need a torgue wrench to do
Speedymcracer01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 09-06-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
Real Jeeps have dents.
CJ7-Tim's Avatar
2000 XJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: out in the garage - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 21,643
Drain, re-fill, repeat. No additives needed. If it says Dexron-III/Mercon it wiil work.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, AR-15 sporting rifles account for nearly 20% of all U.S. firearms sales.

Progressive Liberalism: Bringing you new Healthcare ideas so wonderful, they have to include mandatory participation ......

Originally Posted by Ronald W. Reagan: Government is not the solution to our problems; Government is the problem.
CJ7-Tim is offline   Reply With Quote

Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.