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Old 01-09-2005, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default 44RE cold 1-2 shift problem

Well, I checked the other transmission posts I could find, but this seems to be a different problem. '96 5.2, 99K miles.

When the ZJ is cold, and I'm driving below fast idle (like in a parking lot), the tranmission "hunts" between first and second. Put it in first and it's happy. Leave it in D and accelerate normally from a stop and it's happy. Let it warm up and it's happy.

I've never had a Chrysler product before, and this notion of manually adjusting the bands is news to me - no idea of whether it has ever been done by previous owner. Is this a symptom of the bands needing adjustment?

On a related note, if this band adjustment is a normal part of a filter/fluid change, where do I need to go to get that done? The normal oil-change guys have of course never heard of such a thing. Do I need to go to the $$dealer, or $$$AAMCO, or somewhere? I could do the external adjustment if I bought a low-torque torque wrench, but I don't have the facilities to drop the pan.

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Old 01-11-2005, 05:12 PM   #2
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Check your ATF level with the car hot, idleing in nuetral.
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Old 01-13-2005, 03:10 AM   #3
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Hey,

I have the same problem, but mine (same tranny) doesn't 'hunt' but jumps a little. It happens when it's cold more than when it's warm, though it does it every now and then if it's warm. I changed the fluid/filter and had no effect. So if you figure out how to fix it, let me know! Just though i'd let you know the fluid/filter change didn't help me.
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:42 AM   #4
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I have the same problem with my 42RE (behind 4.0), but it happens between 2nd and 3rd. Anybody have any ideas? Shift solenoid maybe?
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Old 02-11-2005, 01:40 PM   #5
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I had a really hard 2-1 shift when slowing down, it feels like I am being rear ended! Turns out the tranny was overfilled by the dealer of course. They do this every time ???? So I just ended up draning the fluid by loosening the pan(slow and messy) and I make sure the tranny fliud is right at the full mark or the tranny will slip while making slow left turns if the level is below that. The pan leaks a little after this because of the gasket being disturbed. The pan bolts WILL strip if over tightened so be carefull.

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-12-2005, 07:14 AM   #6
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BTW if you have an over filled trans and you want to drain some off get a marine oil changer (I use the Topsider) and it will suck trans fluid up the dipstick, no mess at all!! I use it to drain the pan as much as possble before removing for fluid changes.
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Old 02-12-2005, 07:17 AM   #7
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BTW if you have an over filled trans and you want to drain some off get a marine oil changer (I use the Topsider) and it will suck trans fluid up the dipstick, no mess at all!! I use it to drain the pan as much as possble before removing for fluid changes.

Where do you get a marine oil changer? I have tried some lousey hand pumps in the dipstick tube with no luck.
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Old 02-12-2005, 12:26 PM   #8
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Check West Marine or Boater's World. The good ones are not cheap but the cheap ones don't work good! The Topsider is a good one, about 40 bucks or so, you can use it for the trans and also the diffs as well. Tempo makes a good one too, the Topsider is more compact for crawling under the Jeep. On a marine engine (inboard) you can't just drain it in the bilge, so you pump it out the dipstick.
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