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Unread 07-07-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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Possibly buying a 98 ZJ

OK guys and gals, One of my friends friends has a 1998 zj for sale, 4.0 2wd auto for 300 bucks. It ran and drove until about a week ago when he ran it out of fluid and I was wondering if this might be an easy repair instead of replacing the trans. I was thinking that since it has no fluid in it it wont move, which is what its doing right now, or he said it will move a little but the tranny slips. It ran and drove fine a week ago no slipping or anything but all of the fluid leaked out. Would no fluid cause it to slip? I think im going to get some atf4? and go out there tomorrow and see if I can get it to work right. The idiot has not even looked at it and does not want to deal with it at all. What do ya think?

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Unread 07-07-2009, 09:03 PM   #2
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Do it! You can get a trans from the junkyard if it cant be salvaged with fluid and u-joints alone. (you didnt mention them, did you check to see if theyre present and ok ?) Change the filter too.
Worst case ; youll have the coolest go-kart in your neighborhood, for only $300.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 12:05 AM   #3
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go check it out. if the engine runs good without many ticking noises or anything, and it just needs tranny fluid to get it home, then I'd go for it.

Check it out thoroughly though. If he won't let you do it, or keeps insisting that that's the only problem, it probably isn't the only problem. Check it out well before you buy. Worse case is you could part it out to people for a profit.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 12:48 AM   #4
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The engine runs good, the tranny is the problem, i dont understand why you are talking about u-joints? Im going tomorrow sometime to fill it up with fluid and see if it moves. I might just flip it if all that is wrong is a trans. leak. I only have a TJ and want something a little more stable on the interstate and drive backroads at night and not worry about deer and stuff.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 06:46 AM   #5
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It's worth a shot. Worst case scenario is just a few more bucks to get it going again. I'm assuming you know how to turn wrenches and replace a tranny if need be. If not, you may want to let it stay as your buddies lawn ornament. it doesn't take very long for a tranny to get hot and get damaged without any fluid in it, much like a motor with no oil.

Why was it leaking in the first place? How many miles on the clock?
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Unread 07-08-2009, 12:38 PM   #6
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Yeah a tranny at pullapart is only like 50 bucks. It has around 150k on it but it has never been abused and surprised me with how well it ran. I'm going out later today to screw around with it some and make up my mind. And a zj tranny cant be much harder than a 1997 jeep tj manual tranny can it?
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Unread 07-08-2009, 02:52 PM   #7
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You might have a tough time finding a 2wd transmission...
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Unread 07-08-2009, 05:16 PM   #8
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You might have a tough time finding a 2wd transmission...
he WILL have a tough time finding a 2wd zj transmission.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 05:19 PM   #9
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he WILL have a tough time finding a 2wd zj transmission.
Could be wrong here, but I always thought it was the exact same transmission, one with a tailcone, and the other with a transfer case behind it. Are they different transmissions?
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Unread 07-08-2009, 05:22 PM   #10
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You can swap the tail cone from the 2wd transmission over to the new one, but that involves swapping the entire OD unit, which isn't too entirely hard. You have to be sure to keep the transmission output shaft perfectly aligned however.
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the overdrive units are different.
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Unread 08-17-2009, 01:22 AM   #12
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Could I just bolt up the trans and transfercase under it? with no front driveshaft and just leave it in 2 hi?
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