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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Transmission Problems?

Ive been having this problem with my 1999 wrangler where it clunks while im starting from a stop. This problem only seems to happen when ive been driving it on the highway for a long time and when its hot out. Ive noticed it more after i drove from nevada to alabama. It hardly does it when its cold, but since alabama is very hot, it does it more. Once i come to a complete stop, then let off the brake and give it some gas, it does this clunking like something is sticking and its sluggish. I dont believe its the brakes because when i put it in neutral, it goes away. Also when im on the highway going over 65, after awhile it starts to vibrate enough to mainly feel it in the pedals and steering wheel. Any ideas???

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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:39 PM   #2
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Manual or auto transmission?
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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Have you checked the fluid level? Last time the filter and ALL of the ATF was replaced?
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:53 PM   #5
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Its been awhile since thats been replaced, the fluid level seemed ok though, it was hard to tell
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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probably over 2 years
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Unread 05-21-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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Its been awhile since thats been replaced, the fluid level seemed ok though, it was hard to tell
Not really. With the engine and transmission hot, place in netural with the engine running and pull out the dipstick, wipe it down, stick back in and pull right back out. Read where it is on the stick. Also take note of the color and oder of the ATF. Usually when the fitler is replaced only the fluid that was in the pan gets replaced. That's only 3 out of the 12 quarts total in the system. This should be done every 15k on the filter and 30k for total ATF replacement.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:02 PM   #8
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Plugged up filter and or worn out ATF can cause your symptoms.
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Ok the oil was red and appeared to be at a good level, but it didnt smell a little burnt
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:09 PM   #10
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Well if it's been 2 years since the filter and all the ATF, which includes the torque converter has been replaced. I would start there. This is easy to do and should be able to do yourself.
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Ok the oil was red and appeared to be at a good level, but it didnt smell a little burnt
Not understanding. It did or didn't smell burnt? Burnt is bad and the fluid will be a dark red.
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Sorry, yes it did smell a little burnt
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Unread 05-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #13
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Sorry, yes it did smell a little burnt
Well that is not good. I would service the transmission. This is how I do mine on a yearly basis. This may or may not fix the problem, but likely will. Either way it needs to be done. Very easy to do and should take you no more than 45 minutes.

How to completely replace the ATF in your 32RH transmission. First it helps to have a buddy help you with this. You will also need a length of 3/8th's rubber hose and an empty milk jug marked off in 1 quart increments. First start off by dropping the pan and replacing the filter then replace pan and top off with 3 quarts of ATF+4. Next thing to do is disconnect the transmission supply line from the driver's side of the radiator. Connect your length of rubber hose to the metal supply line and run the other end to your milk jug. Now have your buddy start the engine and place the transmission into neutral. The transmission will begin to pump the ATF into the milk jug and allow it to fill up to the 3 quart line. Once that has happened place the transmission back into park and dispose of the old ATF, then add 3 new quarts of ATF to the dipstick tube. Repeat this process until clean ATF is being pumped into the milk jug. Should be about 9 more quarts to complete this process. Total system holds 12 quarts.
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #14
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Ok normally i would do this myself, but im away from my house for the summer in alabama and live in an apartment, would a transmission repair shop like AAMCO do the same thing if i ask? or will they only replace the fluid in the pan?
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Unread 05-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #15
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Ok normally i would do this myself, but im away from my house for the summer in alabama and live in an apartment, would a transmission repair shop like AAMCO do the same thing if i ask? or will they only replace the fluid in the pan?
Oh they will, charge you ten times as much and do a back flush, which is almost as bad as not changing the fluid at all. This requires almost no tools, and a parking space is all that is needed. I had AAMCO do work for me once, one of the biggest mistakes I ever made. Read my directions, it's like changing your spark plugs, or oil change, Not hard at all. It will cost you about $100 for the ATF and another $10 for the filter. How much is your 45minutes worth?
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