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Old September 22nd, 2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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The feedback from the transmission shop is that my auto trans is failing, but still functional. I am picking up a used trans to replace it this week, but plan to continue to drive on the current one until it is good and dead. Any suggestions for storing the used one I am picking up? Anything I need to do to protect it for a week, month or year? I have a dry, heated garage to store it until I need it.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 05:34 AM   #2
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Seriously how long are you going to wait? What is the trans doing? Have you checked the codes on it?
If you know it is going out set aside a weekend, rent/borrow the cherry picker/ trans jack, and swap the newer one in. Unless it is something very minor you may get a month or 2 out of it before it looses a gear or the hard shifting starts causing stuff to move around inside the jeep.

For a month or 2 you should be fine. Just keep Dirt/ moister out of it and maybe turn it every now and then. I would replace the seals why you have it out before putting it in. Use the old converter or pour fresh fluid in the new one. Run it for 1 week(with it filled to the proper level) making sure everything works then replace the filter and fluid to get out any moister.
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Seriously how long are you going to wait? What is the trans doing? Have you checked the codes on it?
If you know it is going out set aside a weekend, rent/borrow the cherry picker/ trans jack, and swap the newer one in. Unless it is something very minor you may get a month or 2 out of it before it looses a gear or the hard shifting starts causing stuff to move around inside the jeep.

For a month or 2 you should be fine. Just keep Dirt/ moister out of it and maybe turn it every now and then. I would replace the seals why you have it out before putting it in. Use the old converter or pour fresh fluid in the new one. Run it for 1 week(with it filled to the proper level) making sure everything works then replace the filter and fluid to get out any moister.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #4
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What vehicle Paul?
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This is for my DD 2004 Wrangler (42RLE). The electric solenoid for the lockup feature of the torque converter has failed (P0740) so it is turning a few extra R's at highway speed. Trans shop dropped the pan to make sure it wasn't anything catastrophic, fluid was still good, nothing else noted on the visual inspection. No other symptoms yet. I've previously installed a temp gauge and HD cooler for towing, so I'll be able to keep an eye on it - I have a trip planned in a couple of weeks so we'll see how it does on the freeway with the camper. I need to start shopping for a replacement trans, but have no plans to swap it out until this one starts acting like it is done, have a couple of feelers out to local junkyards in case something shows up wrecked. Just need to know how long it can sit on the shelf without doing anything special to it.
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Heck- I'd just stick a new TCC in there and call it a day. They are cheap and easy to instal. You don't even need to remove the valve body to get at it.
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Heck- I'd just stick a new TCC in there and call it a day. They are cheap and easy to instal. You don't even need to remove the valve body to get at it.
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unless the trans is fragged, just fix what is broken.
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Other than how to kill one in deep water, I don't know jack about auto transmissions - not sure why the trans shop I took it to didn't suggest that, you would think they would want to make a couple of bucks?
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Other than how to kill one in deep water, I don't know jack about auto transmissions - not sure why the trans shop I took it to didn't suggest that, you would think they would want to make a couple of bucks?
It sounds like they were hoping to make a bunch of bucks replacing the trans rather that just a couple of bucks just replacing a part.
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Old October 3rd, 2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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Replace the trans now before it is trashed and you can't rebuild it. Take your time and rebuild it for when your new one takes a crap.
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advice on longterm storage of an auto trans.... buy a bag of oil dry or some pig mat...
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