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Old September 24th, 2004, 19:26
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automatic trans question

will these jeeps with an automatic trans idle up hill in 4 low? The only experince I've had with an auto is in my charger and it won't idle up a steep incline, just sits there and slips. Stupid question but I need to know
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Old September 24th, 2004, 19:34
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Re: automatic trans question

Nope.

Torque converter isn't locked in low gear at idle. It'll slip just like any other vehicle.
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Old September 24th, 2004, 19:38
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Well that freakin sucks. Does it roll backwards then? Only reason I ask is because the automatics are everywhere and 5 spds aren't. I'm looking to buy an XJ and don't really want an auto. Now I want one even less
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Old September 25th, 2004, 10:40
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Re: automatic trans question

Inlighten me as to why you think you cant just give it a little throttle to climb the hill.
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Old September 25th, 2004, 16:10
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Re: automatic trans question

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Well that freakin sucks. Does it roll backwards then? Only reason I ask is because the automatics are everywhere and 5 spds aren't. I'm looking to buy an XJ and don't really want an auto. Now I want one even less
Depends. My 2wd XJ will just sit there on a slope with the tranny in drive and not giving it any gas. My van will roll on back on ya.

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Old September 25th, 2004, 18:46
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Re: automatic trans question

I'm not saying I can't give it throttle. I'm just used to 5spd where when I put it in gear, it moves. I've just never wheeled in an auto before.
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Old September 25th, 2004, 19:17
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Re: automatic trans question

Saw a guy the other day had a switch, spring loaded up (momentary lock), normal tip down (stayed locked) normal drive in the middle, under his T shifter, could lock his converter at will, in any gear. Pretty easy to do, but really donīt know how it will affect the AW4, over time.
Youīll find out it has itīs pluses and minus, not having to clutch and shift in deep mud or sand helps on occasion. Not to mention being able to keep both hands on the wheel much more. Though I do miss the compression braking on occasion, with a standard automatic.
I spend most of my off road time, on muddy trails, manaul shift, hurts more than helps.
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Old September 25th, 2004, 19:46
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Re: automatic trans question

What about manual valve bodies for the AW4? I've got one on my duster and it enables compression braking in any gear. I don't hate auto's, just not sure if they're what I want for wheeling. But since alot of you guys seem to like them, maybe it'll be ok.
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Old September 26th, 2004, 12:59
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Re: automatic trans question

you could always try to override the lockup converter in 2nd gear in 4wd low and see what happens

http://www.steve88xj.com/aw4
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Old September 27th, 2004, 07:19
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Re: automatic trans question

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will these jeeps with an automatic trans idle up hill in 4 low? The only experince I've had with an auto is in my charger and it won't idle up a steep incline, just sits there and slips. Stupid question but I need to know
Actually, even in 2H on all but the steepest hill I could take my foot off the brakes and the XJ would not roll backwards unlike some other American made vehicles I have driven.
I am not sure of the answer you are expecting. My theory is simply keep your foot on the brakes; use one foot on the brakes and one on the gas (I do not think this is a very good practice) or increase the gas a little until the XJ holds on the hill.
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Re: automatic trans question

My XJ will crawl up a hill at idle in 4lo. My buddies Auto Wrangler will too.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 14:22
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Re: automatic trans question

obviously it depends on the steepness of the hill. It won't crawl up a really steep hill but a moderate hill, yes.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 14:53
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Re: automatic trans question

Are there any major changes to the AW4 over the years? Right now I'm going look at a 96 cherokee auto. 92,000 miles and the ad says mostly used for commuting.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 18:08
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Re: automatic trans question

Yea it does depend on the hill. I should have been more clear it will climb up a moderate hill, but it won't just crawal up the side of a mountain as you may expect, however it won't really roll backwards as much as other vehicles either.
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