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post #1 of 4 Old 10-26-2009, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Possible WJ 545RFE Issue?

Hey guys looking for some advice from some guys that know alot more than I do about automatic transmissions. I have a 02 V8 WJ with a the 545RFE and 107k on it.

Every once in a awhile I will start it up and put it in gear and it acts like nothing happened. It then seems like if I push the gas pedal it barely wants to move. When I give it a bit more gas then it moves and goes normally. I have no other issues with the tranny. Other times as soon as I put it in drive or reverse you can feel it engage and want to move but cant since my foot is on the pedal.

Can anyone tell me what this could be?

Before you ask yes the fluid is topped off and I just did a tranny flush replacing both filters and filled using mopar ATF4+.


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post #2 of 4 Old 10-26-2009, 06:53 PM
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Mine does that once in a while. I was told it's an issue w/ the torque converter draining. In my case the trans shop said there is a little plunger inside the trans, and if it happens to set a certain way the converter drains & must refil before the Jeep moves.

I recall reading about this on other forums also, under delayed engagement I believe. Some threads...


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post #3 of 4 Old 10-26-2009, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah this is exactly how it feels. Once it refills it is great. Is it supposed to do this though? Doesnt seem right. I did replace the spin on return filter with a dealer filter in July. I hadent noticed it before that but I just bought it too.

Tranny is perfect otherwise. Good to know it wont hurt anything.
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Mine does that from time to time as well. Come to think of it, the 06 Altima I had did it as well.

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