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Unread 01-21-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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Transmission, dead or alive?

Driving down the road one day and my zj takes a *****. She slipped between gears twice after slowing down at lights. I was going to pull off if it continued but I figured it might be due for a tune up. Either way, the third time it stopped changing gears altogether and would not idle at all. It never overheated, no smoke etc. I had it towed to the only transmission shop around and these guys seemed ridiculously lazy. My jeep never moved from the spot it was at at their shop and I left a receipt on the seat which never moved an inch nor was it flattened etc. They just said it was worth more than the Jeep was to fix it.

So now I'm wondering if the transmission really did die on me or may there be other problems? I have -not- checked my transmission fluid since this has happened as unfortunately I went back to college the next day and had to leave the jeep behind. Thoughts please?

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Unread 01-21-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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Have it towed to your place and then start figuring things out. Could just be low on fluid or could be on the way out. You can swap in a junkyard trann for about $300.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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My trans did the same thing. Dropped the pan and found a hand full of big aluminum flakes. Grabbed a junkyard trans for $400 (now they are about $250 go figure). I replaced the front and rear seals and the filter/fluid. It's been fine for about five years of me beating on it.
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