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Unread 10-07-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Help Transmission Issue!!!

Hey guys! I have an issue and pretty much know I can count on yal for great advice. My '97 TJ 4.0 auto started giving me some issues yesterday. I was driving down the road and my transmission started slipping terribly. I pulled over and it would move a couple hundred yards and start slipping again. It would start at about where it was changing into 2nd gear.

Well while sitting on the side of the road I called two local auto parts stores. One was O'Reillys and the other was Carquest. The two that I somewhat trust in the charlotte area. They both gave me the same input not to change the fluid just add a quart of the Lucas No-slip to the tranny. Only change the fluid as a last result.

Well the No-slip didn't work. So, I went back today and changed the fluid and filter on the side of the road. I used ATF +4 and added a bottle of the Lucas No-slip for good measure. So when I was done I cranked my jeep and let it idle in neutral for a while and checked the fluid and shifted thru the gears and all seemed well. So I ventured to drive it home. It made it home just fine. I did notice it was a little different downshifting into 1st gear. Sometimes it acted like it didn't wanna go into 1st. So I figured the only way to test it out was to drive it. I was on my way to work and was probably 20 miles into my drive and it started doing the exact same thing.

So I guess my question now is NOW WHAT??? What do I do to it now? I know we all love our jeeps and I'm sure someone out there has had the same issue...

I love the forum and use it as the main source of advice. Thanks in advance!

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Unread 10-07-2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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First off I'd never use that Lucas crap. Second, since you already changed the filter and fluid it could just be you need a new tranny. But since you only dropped the pan to change the filter that was only 3 quarts of the 12, or is it 9, I don't recall right now, that's in the system. I'd change ALL the fluid which includes what's in the torque converter then go from there. There are several write-up's including what I've posted that tells you how to do that. BTW those auto parts house guy’s know just enough to be dangerous.
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Unread 10-07-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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I hate trannies problems, they either work or you have to take them to be rebuilt , hope the fluid change fixes it.
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Unread 10-09-2011, 01:33 PM   #4
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Ok thanks guys! I have saw postings about adjusting the bands. I didn't know what I should do. Money is tight. Can't really afford the $2000+ for a rebuild so I will try anything.
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