Shifting hard into 2nd, and shifts out quickly (96 4.0L 42RE)
So my 1996 Grand Cherokee with the 4.0L 42RE has been shifting hard into second gear since I've owned it, but only right when I turn on the Jeep after it's been sitting for awhile. After warming up (presumably), it shifts smoothly and pleasantly. When I say shifting hard, it moves out of first, hovers in between for just a little bit too long, and then drops into second abruptly. Any ideas?
I've put in new fluid and filter about 2 months ago (1000 miles). I reset the rear band, but haven't got around to the front band because of a surgery, not to mention I'm not sure how I can get my torque wrench up in there without dropping the crossmember, which I'm not eager to do after the hellish experience I had when replacing the viscous coupler. I stripped 2 nutserts, and then magically the frame changed shape and I could only get 3 bolts in, since then I've got the fourth in, but like I said I'm not eager to relive that experience.
I've also been reluctant to adjust the kickdown because I am happy with the shifting in all other gears.
1996 Grand Cherokee Limited 4.0L
PSC Steering Gear; NP249 w/ new VC; Moog TRE's, Track Bar, Stabilizer bar bushings and endlinks, control arm bushings
Still no lift, and almost no paint on the hood