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Unread 05-03-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
cinderellaii
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2007 Jeep Liberty Transmission Problem

My jeep stopped on the road today. I could barely pulled it into a Sears auto center. The guys checked it for me and said the transmission needed to be replaced but they couldn't do it. I had it towed to a mechanic I knew for years. He tried to check whether the fluid was OK, but only found out there was no dipstick in my transmission. I checked in the forum and learned it was not taken by someone by mistake. It was designed not to have one installed. I'll call the dealer tomorrow ask for a 2006 dipstick, since somone on the forum has done that.

Where do you go to buy a used and reliable transmission? My mechanic thinks it's not worth getting a new one. I checked on ebay and it seems to me a lot of sellers only deliver to business address?! My mechanic operates from his own garage. He says he could try to rebuild it if we cannot find a used one, but that's the last resort.

Thank you very much for your help! My jeep has a little over 80K miles on it.

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Unread 05-03-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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Later models don't use a dipstick, partially in the name of keeping untrained people from messing with them. There is a dipstick made to check them, but you also need a way of reading the internal fluid temp(meaning a decent scantool). Your mechanic should already be aware of that by now, as this is old tech anymore. If he was in the dark, perhaps you may consider a better technician who keeps up with things.

Problem with used transmissions, I've had poor luck, even with places like LKQ, getting a tranny that was worth a darn. Best bet, if you plan on keeping it, get it rebuilt, or buy a reman unit. Another thing that concerns me, is the mileage. 80k miles, if properly maintained(meaning fluid services at recommended intervals, with correct fluid and level checked correctly) is way too early to lose a transmission. You should have had it already serviced at least once. The tranny cooler should be replaced, but at the very least flushed out. Failure to do so will likely end in premature failure of the next transmission. Some places will refuse to warranty a tranny if proof cant be shown of it being done.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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Later models don't use a dipstick, partially in the name of keeping untrained people from messing with them. There is a dipstick made to check them, but you also need a way of reading the internal fluid temp(meaning a decent scantool). Your mechanic should already be aware of that by now, as this is old tech anymore. If he was in the dark, perhaps you may consider a better technician who keeps up with things.

Problem with used transmissions, I've had poor luck, even with places like LKQ, getting a tranny that was worth a darn. Best bet, if you plan on keeping it, get it rebuilt, or buy a reman unit. Another thing that concerns me, is the mileage. 80k miles, if properly maintained(meaning fluid services at recommended intervals, with correct fluid and level checked correctly) is way too early to lose a transmission. You should have had it already serviced at least once. The tranny cooler should be replaced, but at the very least flushed out. Failure to do so will likely end in premature failure of the next transmission. Some places will refuse to warranty a tranny if proof cant be shown of it being done.
Thanks for your reply! He's the only mechanic I know, so I guess I have no other choice. I just called Meineke where my car is serviced every 3 months, and they told me I only had oil changes. I guess I never had my transmission properly serviced. My bad.
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Unread 05-04-2013, 11:20 AM   #4
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I found a transmission wholesale shop on the internet last night, and the guy just quoted me $800-$1200 including parts and labor, besides one year/10,000 miles warranty. Does it sound reasonable or too good to be true? I checked him on BBB. He is not BBB accredited, and there was one solved complaint in 2011.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 07:48 AM   #5
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I found a transmission wholesale shop on the internet last night, and the guy just quoted me $800-$1200 including parts and labor, besides one year/10,000 miles warranty. Does it sound reasonable or too good to be true? I checked him on BBB. He is not BBB accredited, and there was one solved complaint in 2011.
You get what you pay for. Thats way underpriced. Only a year/10k warranty? He doesn't have much faith in his stuff.
Reminds me of this guy here in town:
http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/P...168620896.html
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