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Unread 06-10-2013, 03:58 AM   #1
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Help needed in Italy: Buying a CJ-7 Auto

Hi guys,

I recently bought a 1999 TJ manual with 4.0L and now want to buy a 1984 CJ-7 auto with 4.2 L engine for my wife.

While it is relatively easier and inexpensive to replace clutch on a Jeep with manual tranny, I understand it would be very expensive to fix or replace if the auto tranny goes bad.

What are the ways to check and confirm that the auto tranny is really good - when you are buying a used CJ-7?

Please help!

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Unread 06-10-2013, 04:05 AM   #2
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it is a very ordinary 3 speed American automatic, it is not a special item. The service parts are easy to get and any good gearbox specialist in Europe should be able to work on it. Very similair gearboxes have been used in Europe for almost as long as the Americans have fitted them.

I always check the gearbox oil first. It should be red and not have black dust in the oil or smell of burning.

It should engage each gear very quickly and "kickdown" when you push the accelerator. The torque converter should not slip a lot.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 04:47 AM   #3
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it is a very ordinary 3 speed American automatic, it is not a special item. The service parts are easy to get and any good gearbox specialist in Europe should be able to work on it. Very similair gearboxes have been used in Europe for almost as long as the Americans have fitted them.

I always check the gearbox oil first. It should be red and not have black dust in the oil or smell of burning.

It should engage each gear very quickly and "kickdown" when you push the accelerator. The torque converter should not slip a lot.
Pardon my ignorance..but how do I know if the torque converter is slipping or not?

Cheers!
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