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Unread 12-05-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Lost transmission fluid while driving, please help!

Hello
The other night I was drive up town when the transmission line on my 05 Wrangler popped off the bottom of my radiator. Judging by the trail of fluid left on the road I lost any drive immediately because the trail started less then 50 yards from the point where I ended up stopping. Anyhow I ran down to the gas station and bought a house clamp and some ATF, fixed the hose and put the fluid in and it drove again.

The next night however it was extremely cold and when I started it the transmission would not shift into drive. After I let it warm up for about 5 minutes it finally shift into drive and I checked the fluid level and noticed that I over filled the transmission.

My question is does it sound like I did damage to my transmission. thanks

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Unread 12-05-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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Did you put the correct fluid in there, ATF4?
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Unread 12-05-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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Did you put the correct fluid in there, ATF4?
This. Don't worry about the overfilling. Lots of us overfill our 42RLEs by a full quart to prevent fluid starvation at odd angles on the trail.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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One more question, how much fluid did you have to add ?

Or how low was it ?
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Unread 12-05-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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Time for a rebuild. Sounds like you smoked the sealing rings on the forward clutch piston.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #6
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One more question, how much fluid did you have to add ?

Or how low was it ?
I added 2 quarts. Checked it its still slightly low.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #7
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I added 2 quarts. Checked it its still slightly low.
Maybe someone else will chime in, but 2qts for a very short period doesn't sound like you would have done any real damage.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 04:59 PM   #8
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Low fluid will act like yours. Top it off and you should be good.
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