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Unread 12-12-2008, 06:34 AM   #1
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Transmission Fluid Change on 97' Cherokee

I have a 97 and I want to change the trans fluid (auto). Is there a drain plug or do I have to drop the pan?

Is there an easy way to change the fluid on this kind of jeep?

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Unread 12-12-2008, 06:42 AM   #2
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There is a drain plug on the AW4 but you'll have to drop the pan if you want to change the filter as well.

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Unread 12-12-2008, 06:50 AM   #3
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There is a drain plug on the AW4 but you'll have to drop the pan if you want to change the filter as well.

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whats AW4? Mine has the regular part time 4wd

if i drain the trans case (by drain plug only) how many quarts of fluid do I need to refill?

also what kind of fluid do I replace it with?

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Unread 12-12-2008, 07:41 AM   #4
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The '97 Cherokee 4-speed automatic with a 4.0 is an AW-4, yep it has a drain plug. 2.5 liter 4 cylinder auto tranny is a Chrysler 3-speed that uses ATF 3. Pull the plug on the AW-4 and you get about 2.5 quarts out. Which transfer case do you have? NP 231 holds about a quart, tranny and transfer case both use Dexron/Mercon, not ATF-3 or ATF-4.
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Unread 12-12-2008, 07:53 AM   #5
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Im not sure what transfer case I have , how do I know?

is there a separate drain plug for the transfer case?
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Unread 12-12-2008, 07:58 AM   #6
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Transfer case is less picky than the transmission about fluid. The 97 FSM states Dex II or ATF+3 for transfer case, later NP/NV Jeep transfer cases came with ATF+4, which is fine for '97 but not required. Most XJ owners probably use Dex III for both AW4 and transfer case which works fine and keeps things simple.

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Unread 12-12-2008, 08:02 AM   #7
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Check this out. It will answer most of your questions regarding changing fluids in trans, transfer, & diff's.

www.4x4xplor.com/trannyservice.html

If you have part time 4WD HI & LO, and no Full time option, you have the NP231 transfer case.
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Unread 12-12-2008, 08:57 PM   #8
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If you have a Command Trac set of instructions on the headliner you have the 231. On the pan on the trans, there is a 13mm bolt at the back. My AW4 has a B&M cooler on it and drains out exactly 3qts every time. I use the Multivehicle ATF instead of Dexron. You can get it from Pennzoil, and WalMart. A bit more expensive than Dexron, but works perfect for me. I drain the trans each time I do the engine oil, cheap insurance. Phil
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Unread 12-13-2008, 07:20 PM   #9
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stop by the auto parts store of ur pick and get a hayes repair manual, itll answer quite a few of your questions
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Unread 12-13-2008, 08:24 PM   #10
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just flushed my transmission with atf+4 per chrysler service bulletin #21-014-07 dated 10-16-07 ( includes aw-4 trans )
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Unread 12-22-2008, 05:22 PM   #11
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stop by the auto parts store of ur pick and get a hayes repair manual, itll answer quite a few of your questions
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I want to change the filter and there's one damn bolt on the front of the pan that's blocked by the exhaust pipe. Any ideas on how to get that one out?
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Unread 01-17-2009, 04:43 PM   #13
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just flushed my transmission with atf+4 per chrysler service bulletin #21-014-07 dated 10-16-07 ( includes aw-4 trans )
Hope it works out better for you than it did for me.
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