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Unread 08-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
RoldGold
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Above 45mph when I take my foot off the brake, it feels like engine braking

Maybe this has always happened, but in the past couple weeks I've noticed that when I take my foot off the gas and let the Jeep just coast, sometimes, and I mean only sometimes, I feel it quickly engine brake. I've noticed that the rpm's drop to 1000 right when I take my foot off, then jump up to 1300ish. Is it just the speed I'm going and I'm going to get engine braking in OD no matter what I do or is that an indication something is failing?

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Unread 08-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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just going off of your previous post about it not shifting good, check the trans fluid. if its not low, it sounds like you might be adding a new one in. lol
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Unread 08-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Sounds like your O/D button has been pressed. If the light right above it is on, then the O/D is OFF, and "Engine Braking" is engaged.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
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Gosh I sure hope I don't need a new trans. I'm only at 107k.

The O/D button wasn't pressed.

I want to stress that it is barely noticeable, and when noticeable, lasts only for a second before it goes away.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #5
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My jeep does that when the computer is "relearning" from having the battery disconnected... Usually goes away after 30 or so miles.
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Unread 08-18-2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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Well I haven't had the battery disconnected in months. So I'm doubting that is the cause. I'm hoping for low fluid, I'll check tomorrow. And yes, I used ATF+4.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 10:15 PM   #7
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Fluid is about dead center in the crosshatched region when checked in neutral on a flat surface after cycling through the gears a few times and warming up the trans, and it's a nice color, doesn't smell burnt, etc. What are the symptoms of the failing sensors that are sometimes replaced by other Jeepers when they drop the trans pan?

Thanks to everyone who has responded thus far!
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Unread 08-23-2013, 10:26 PM   #8
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On my dipstick it says check in drive. Idk if its different for year models or transmissions or not.
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Unread 08-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #9
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On my dipstick it says check in drive.
That's just lunacy. Let's put the jeep in gear, then stand right in front of it ...
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Unread 08-24-2013, 01:43 AM   #10
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That's just lunacy. Let's put the jeep in gear, then stand right in front of it ...
Least it Dont say to check while Driving....

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Unread 08-24-2013, 08:03 AM   #11
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Op, if I'm reading you correctly, there is nothing wrong with your ride. What you are feeling is the torque convertor unlocking when you touch the brake.

When it disengages, it should act like it has shifted into a lower gear.

At cruise, without letting off on the accelerator touch the brake pedal. The RPMs should jump up 100-300.

When coasting down without touching the brake, it should disengage as it passes through 45.

It it didnt do this it would be like stopping a straight shift without depressing the clutch pedal.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 08:06 AM   #12
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On my dipstick it says check in drive. Idk if its different for year models or transmissions or not.
i think you may have the wrong dip stick. google the part number that is stamped on the stick and see what it is supposed to fit.
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Unread 08-24-2013, 08:10 AM   #13
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Could be a TPS issue .

Ever clean the TB and IAC ?
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Unread 08-25-2013, 08:29 AM   #14
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Op, if I'm reading you correctly, there is nothing wrong with your ride. What you are feeling is the torque convertor unlocking when you touch the brake.

When it disengages, it should act like it has shifted into a lower gear.

At cruise, without letting off on the accelerator touch the brake pedal. The RPMs should jump up 100-300.

When coasting down without touching the brake, it should disengage as it passes through 45.

It it didnt do this it would be like stopping a straight shift without depressing the clutch pedal.
That's what I was thinking. So when the torque converter engages above 45 mph, it's essentially a fifth gear?
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Unread 08-25-2013, 08:31 AM   #15
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Could be a TPS issue .

Ever clean the TB and IAC ?
I checked the TPS last winter and it was fine, but it could've gone out by now, I'll check it again. I cleaned the IAC around the same time but I didn't take out the TB and clean it. That's on my list, and I've got a gasket for the TB as well.
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