So, since my last writing about this issue, I have replaced front and rear prop shafts with no improvements
. It was a cheap longshot, and I was hoping that it would fix it.
A couple of weeks ago, I broke down and purchased a Chrysler re-manufactured valve body (R2108213AC), a new filter, pan (original looked like it was going to perforate from rust) & gasket. Installed, and refilled transmission (I have the special dipstick and oil level chart). Took it out for test drive and all seemed fine for a few miles....
Bowling ball in trunk again!
The only thing left it could be is either the torque converter, and/or transmission oil pump/torque converter circuit.
So, I decided to keep driving it until something further 'happened', because the alternative is likely a much bigger fix $$$. Well, while I was driving this past weekend from Boston to VT at highway speeds, the check engine light comes on...WTF?!? Nothing noticeable with the running of the Jeep, everything seemed ok. I just rolled over 87,000 miles and the Jeep was running fine.
I was able to pull off, and find an Advance Auto Parts store nearby. I plugged in a code reader and "P0741" came up. Guess what that is? "Torque Converter Clutch Performance"... Ugh..
However, driving back to CT from VT later that weekend the MIL miraculously cleared
. I wish my problem did. I still feel the bowling ball in the trunk every time I accelerate from a stop (like in traffic).
To be sure, tonight I am going to recheck the oil level <again>. Most of the 7L of fluid was changed when I replaced the valve body, so I am fairly certain dirty fluid is not the issue. Also, the reconditioned valve body has the lockup solenoid on it, and so I have to assume its fine. I have 88K miles on this Jeep and this kind of stuff should NOT be happening.
Anyone have any ideas or similar experience? I called my local Jeep dealer on Monday, who promised to call me back to schedule...3 days later, no call back yet...and I can assume they don't really want the job. I am almost ready to get rid of this Jeep and go to a Ford Explorer..
. I am not happy with how the build reliability with Chrysler has deteriorated over my many Chrysler vehicles ('94 Intrepid, '98 Intrepid, '02 Durango, '04 Grand Caravan, '06 Jeep GRC, and now my '12 Jeep GRC). Between this stuff and the 5+ Mfr recalls, I am about done with Fiat/Chrysler products..