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Unread 03-13-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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Question WJ Transmission Shifting Weird

Hi Guys,

First post on here, but not the first for jeeps in general, I live in Australia, currently own a 2002 Overland.

I only got the rig a few days ago, and it was going fairly well.

However now when driving on the highway, it seems to drop down a gear randomly, and it appears to be slipping when in overdrive, eventually (especially when on cruise control) it won't go into overdrive at all.

It is also clunking a little around town, on a down shift, and the throttle isn't even depressed any more then the few seconds before it, it feels like your coasting along and you randomly put the gearbox into a lower gear for no reason resulting in a clunk and a jolt of the car.

It throws a P0700 code, I don't have a scanner and Auto shops here don't "lend" them really either, $200 for a scanner from the auto shop here.

From what I can read, on this forum and others, it sounds like a input/output speed sensor, and I want to make sure I am on the right track here, at $150 each from a local parts shop or $90 each on ebay.

As I have only owned the car a few days, I want to have an idea of what may be wrong before letting the original owner know whats happening. And go from there.

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Unread 03-13-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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Try a local parts store to get a free code read. In merica, the local O'Reillys and Autozone will check the obd for free. Also, do you have the 5 speed flash?
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Unread 03-13-2014, 07:51 PM   #3
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Looking at FSM, the P0700 code comes up as
EATX Controller DTC Present :This SBEC III or JTEC DTC indicates that the EATX or Aisin
controller has an active fault and has illuminated the MIL via a
CCD (EATX) or SCI (Aisin) message. The specific fault must
be acquired from the EATX via CCD or from the Aisin via
ISO-9141.

No idea, what that means..
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Unread 03-13-2014, 07:56 PM   #4
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Looking at FSM, the P0700 code comes up as
EATX Controller DTC Present :This SBEC III or JTEC DTC indicates that the EATX or Aisin
controller has an active fault and has illuminated the MIL via a
CCD (EATX) or SCI (Aisin) message. The specific fault must
be acquired from the EATX via CCD or from the Aisin via
ISO-9141.

No idea, what that means..

P0700 is a generic transmission code. It is basically a code to say that you need to read the actual codes. You need more than just a basic scanner to read transmission specific codes. OP, go to a mechanic near you and see if they will read the codes for you, if you can't find someone to let you use it at a store.

Most likely a bad speed sensor, TPS, low/bad fluid or old filters. Hopefully it isnt something bigger. The code will tell you.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 08:11 PM   #5
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G'day SIGGERS, for future reference, try the wjjeeps.com site. LOTS of good information on there. Here is the fault code page and it tells you how to get the codes without using a scanner. We call it the "key dance." http://www.wjjeeps.com/faultcodes.htm Good luck and welcome to the JF! Sent from my iPad using electrons
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Unread 03-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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G'day SIGGERS, for future reference, try the wjjeeps.com site. LOTS of good information on there. Here is the fault code page and it tells you how to get the codes without using a scanner. We call it the "key dance." http://www.wjjeeps.com/faultcodes.htm Good luck and welcome to the JF! Sent from my iPad using electrons
If he is getting a P0700, then thats all he will get. The key dance doesn't give you transmission or ABS codes.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 08:20 PM   #7
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If he is getting a P0700, then thats all he will get. The key dance doesn't give you transmission or ABS codes.
I am aware of that, just letting him know he doesn't need a scanner just to read regular codes, but he can buy one if he wants.
Savvy? :-)

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I am aware of that, just letting him know he doesn't need a scanner just to read regular codes, but he can buy one if he wants.
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I kind of assumed he did the key dance because he said the exact code he is getting, and then right after said he doesnt have access to a scan tool.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 08:30 PM   #9
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I kind of assumed he did the key dance because he said the exact code he is getting, and then right after said he doesnt have access to a scan tool.
Yeah, I wasn't sure either and I hate to assume, so this was a "just in case."

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Thanks for all the replies, yep, know that website and the key dance, appreciate the thorough replies however.

Ill see what I can do about the reader, I may just have to fork out for the scanner, as its driving me a bit crazy.

I guess I was more hoping of someone with a very similar situation and they followed certain steps to get it rectified.

The owner before me had only just change the fluid in the tranny and the level is pretty much perfect.

At this stage I am unsure if he changed filters in it or not.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 09:19 PM   #11
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I should also mention that no check engine (MIL) light comes on.
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I should also mention that no check engine (MIL) light comes on.
Then how did you know to check for codes? When my P0700 came on, the check engine light came on.

If the check engine light isn't coming on, then I would start with replacing the speed sensors. They rarely throw a code, and are a normal issue. Normally, if it is a specific solenoid within the transmission, it will throw that solenoid specific code. Low level, bad TPS, and bad speed sensors wont throw a code. But they seem to have the greatest effect on how the transmission shifts.


Some very high end scanners will let you see pending codes. Pending codes are codes that havent yet justified throwing a full code, but are close. If a shop around you has one, I would highly suggest asking them to scan it for you.
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Thanks for all the replies, yep, know that website and the key dance, appreciate the thorough replies however. Ill see what I can do about the reader, I may just have to fork out for the scanner, as its driving me a bit crazy. I guess I was more hoping of someone with a very similar situation and they followed certain steps to get it rectified. The owner before me had only just change the fluid in the tranny and the level is pretty much perfect. At this stage I am unsure if he changed filters in it or not.
Can't hurt to change the filters if you don't know if the PO did or didn't. That way, at least you know the filter is seated correctly into the O-ring correctly. If that doesn't do it, go for the speed sensors. It's hard to know what to do without a more specific code.

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Then how did you know to check for codes? When my P0700 came on, the check engine light came on.

If the check engine light isn't coming on, then I would start with replacing the speed sensors. They rarely throw a code, and are a normal issue. Normally, if it is a specific solenoid within the transmission, it will throw that solenoid specific code. Low level, bad TPS, and bad speed sensors wont through a code. But they seem to have the greatest effect on how the transmission shifts.


Some very high end scanners will let you see pending codes. Pending codes are codes that havent yet justified throwing a full code, but are close. If a shop around you has one, I would highly suggest asking them to scan it for you.
How did I know, clearly without it shifting correctly something was wrong.

I have tested the TPS with a multimeter, and the speed sensors, the TPS went through its motions without issue even with some tapping on the case. The speed sensors both showed a .516 (ish) ohm resistance, when hit with a magnet, they both changed, however they were slightly different, but was quite small. This doesn't really mean anything of course, as they may be faulty none the less.

The scanner I can get my hands on is an Actron CP9576 if anyone has had any dealings with this make/model.

I have cleared the codes, taken it for a drive, the problem shows it self, no MIL, check codes and P0700 is listed. I am leaning toward the sensors, as no MIL light, which if illuminated would probably be something a bit more serious.

I must also ad, when it drops out of overdrive and won't go back in, simply turning the car on and off again even whilst moving alows it to try to get back into O/D.
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Unread 03-14-2014, 06:17 PM   #15
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I had similar symptoms with the shifting and also the po700, however I was also getting po320 and having a hard time starting. That led me to replacing the crank position sensor. That cleared everything up and also got rid of the po700 code.
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