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Have you checked the fluid level or put a code reader on it?
I believe that the mechanic I took it to doesn't work on these often and immediately is jumping to a rebuild because it's the easiest thing to do. I'm going to look for a Jeep mechanic locally to see if I can find a more knowledgeable mechanic. The vacuum leak is most likely occurring, it is after all a 25 year old vehicle, but apart from youtube tutorials I am very unsure of locating the issue.Shift cycling or hunting on these trannys are almost always a band or tv valve adjustment problem. More throttle valve pressure =more shift hysteresis = less hunting. If the bands are not adjusted correctly, the shifts don’t always time out right. A trans shop that does not recommend doing the external adjustments first can’t be trusted. These are OLD SCHOOL. Any tech with a half a brain should be able to sort it out without a rebuild.
I have no idea, given the thing puking fluid all over the carport, its definitely a transmission issue, and the lower engine knock getting worse were great signs of get rid of it ASAP.How long has it been since the Jeep had a typical tuneup? An ignition issue can feel just like the trans is slipping.
I did a tuneup a few weeks ago with a new Distributor Cap and spark plugs. I've also replaced the IAC and have put in some injector cleaner to break up anything that's been sitting and might clog the fuel pump.How long has it been since the Jeep had a typical tuneup? An ignition issue can feel just like the trans is slipping.