Do you guys drop the pan and filter during routing service? This is my wifes 95 zj, it doesn't have a drain plug like my 89 xj aw4. So I usually just suck it out thru dipstick tube. But I'm thinking I probably should drop pan and inspect,it's got 160,000mi on it. And what about band adjustment? Any info would help.
AFAIK, a band adjustment is only necessary if you are having symptoms, slipping, etc. If it is shifting fine, the bands are fine. If you're going to drop the pan and replace the filter (which never hurts), it'll be quite messy the first time, but not after that if you install a drain plug kit. I highly recommend doing this.
2003 WJ in Jeep Green Metallic, 4.0/242/4.10's. 4" Teraflex springs w/ RE monotube shocks and IRO short arms, cheap intake w/ amsoil filter, 2.5" hi flow cat and back exhaust, lots of lights and other misc crap.
I would recommend draining and replace the ATF & filter. If you are concerned about replacing even more fluid, since draining only removes about half of the volume, then I would replace the ATF twice over a couple a days. This will replace the fluid by dilution. Not the best way but not too bad either. Removing the tranny pan also reveals how much metal has worn away and you get to clean the magnet, and you can replace the filter.
A T25 Torx Hex wrench/bit is needed for the filter removal (at least for ZJs)
If I am using a cork or rubber gasket I do not RTV on it because I install the bolts with a torque wrench (150 in-lbs) But many people use a small bead on the pan side only. Currently I am using a ridge type rubber encapsulate metal gasket. This can be removed and reused a couple times, so never use RTV on this type.
WalMart sells Mopar +4 AFT for $ 4.42/qt
The tranz filter at the dealer is about $ 6
94 Black Laredo 4-Liter with QuadraTrac (42RE trans & NP249 TC) 200,000 + miles purchased new
88 Cherokee 2-door with 5speed manual 139K miles(deceased) purchased new
Adjust the bands at every service. They're a wear part.
You seem to know about these trannys. The 97 and 98 FSM tells me to back out the adjuster screw for the front band 3-5/8 turns for 42RE and 2-1/4 turns for 44RE. The 96 FSM on the other hand says 2-7/8 turns for both 42 and 44RE.
The numbers for the rear band are 4 turns (97, 98) and 2 turns (96) for both 42/44RE.
Has Chrysler modified these trannies in 97 and hence the different adjustments? Or they simply revised the adjustment numbers in 97?
I adjusted mine yesterday to 3-5/8 turns (front). Haven't tested it yet as my Jeep is undergoing a major overhaul (still in pieces).
1997 JGC Laredo 4.0 4x4 99900mi * 0W30 German Castrol since 75k * 225/75/R15 Firestone Destination AT on Ravine rims * winter 235/75/R15 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 * UC suspension * Monroe Reflex Monotube shocks * factory skids * KOR steering brace * rear Addco SB * Magnaflow cat and cat back system * complete 5.9 interior