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Unread 03-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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32rh transmission problem

i have a TJ ('02) with the 32RH 3spd automatic. i bought it used, and it always had a little bit of a transmission issue, meaning sometimes (maybe once or twice a month) when i first started it cold, it seemed to have a hard time getting going, as if i was riding the clutch. it rarely happened so i never thought much of it.
so not too long after lifting it and adding the SYE, the transmission would actually slip sometimes. i tried a few additives but nothing helped. and then one awful day i was driving along at about 60mph and i started hearing and feeling a thump... it got worse and more frequent as i drove.
it's in bad shape
-if i shift into reverse i get a LOUD grinding noise
-if it's in park, i can actually push it and it will move and i can hear the gears skipping

my question... should i/can i rebuild? or find a replacement?

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Unread 03-11-2014, 10:54 PM   #2
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Sounds like your tcase went dry.
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Unread 03-12-2014, 04:51 AM   #3
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checked for leaks, didn't notice any...maybe the pump isn't working? The sye is relatively new.
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Unread 03-12-2014, 04:57 AM   #4
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First that's not an exotic transmission, any qualified transmission shop should be able to handle it.

The things you describe seem to be different... slipping in park would have nothing to di with slipping in gear (different components entirely). Unless, maybe that other poster is on to something and it's t-case related.

Cold weather slipping could be the transmission itself, though slipping when cold could be a number of things (did someone replace cooler lines and leave out the check valve?)
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Unread 03-12-2014, 04:33 PM   #5
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First that's not an exotic transmission, any qualified transmission shop should be able to handle it.

The things you describe seem to be different... slipping in park would have nothing to di with slipping in gear (different components entirely). Unless, maybe that other poster is on to something and it's t-case related.

Cold weather slipping could be the transmission itself, though slipping when cold could be a number of things (did someone replace cooler lines and leave out the check valve?)
-obviously it's not an exotic transmission...it's in a jeep
-the two problems may involve different components, but they're problems that i have nonetheless
-what i meant by "cold" is the jeep temp, not the weather, like when it's been sitting overnight... the issue happened in summer too
and the only work done to the transmission is what i described in the post.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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-obviously it's not an exotic transmission...it's in a jeep
You miss the point.

It is not an exotic transmission because it has been the longest continuous run transmission EVER built. Chrysler started producing them in 1959, with them first showing up in 1960 model year vehicles. Yes, there have been a lot of changes over the decades, but it is still the same basic transmission. For example, most of the parts in your transmission will fit all the way back into late 1960s, with some of your parts even fitting in the first model year of the transmission.

And just because it is in a Jeep has no bearing on whether the transmission is exotic or not. To me, a Peugeot standard transmission, used in some Jeeps, is an exotic piece of JUNK.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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You miss the point.

It is not an exotic transmission because it has been the longest continuous run transmission EVER built. Chrysler started producing them in 1959, with them first showing up in 1960 model year vehicles. Yes, there have been a lot of changes over the decades, but it is still the same basic transmission. For example, most of the parts in your transmission will fit all the way back into late 1960s, with some of your parts even fitting in the first model year of the transmission.

And just because it is in a Jeep has no bearing on whether the transmission is exotic or not. To me, a Peugeot standard transmission, used in some Jeeps, is an exotic piece of JUNK.

it's not that i missed your point, i just don't see how that point, or this useless history lesson answers my question.

i'm WELL aware that the transmission can be rebuilt, i've already gotten a couple quotes. what i'm looking for is an opinion or two, perhaps based on experience with a similar problem with the same transmission. since the majority of jeepers drive 5spds
judging from the symptoms i described, would it be worth it to rebuild or are the issues too severe?
or could the problem be more simple? (like the transfer case)
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Unread 03-18-2014, 06:20 PM   #8
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What I tried to point out is it's more likely the tcase that is skipping between gears (shifter out of adjust or something else) than the trans. Maybe the SYE you got was 27 spline and the tcase is only 21? It would fit over and skip inside making all sorts of noise.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 07:04 PM   #9
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i'm not exactly sure of the spline, i'll have to double check, but it ran fine for a good while, at least a few months of highway commuting and some off-roading. if the spline count didn't match up... would the skipping be immediate?
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