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Jeep Wrangler Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

Jeep Wrangler repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (5%)

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Jeep Wrangler transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (12%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 82 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

22300 mi Manual transmission, pops out of 1st gear on start from stop. Replaced syncro gear, problem still happens. 
31000 mi Repeat of 1st gear popping out from stop. Transmission was rebuilt 

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2014 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

38000 mi

US $100
While in for AC Compressor replacement, determined leaking front axle seals. 
40000 mi

US $100
Front Axle Seal was leaking heavily. Replaced axle seal (had previously been done 3k earlier). 
34000 mi Roar noise and harmonic vibration most noticeable at 72 MPH. Not tires. Dealer thought issue was front differential bearings. All replaced, but no improvement. Still have to take it back again. 
5300 mi Transmission temperature sensor was failing. 

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2014 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

4000 mi Trans hard to shift from 4-5-6 gears after driving on the highway for about 30 miles. 

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2013 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

58000 mi

US $380
LR axle seal leaking. Seal, bearing and collar replaced. 
2000 mi Grinding/Rattling noise at 2k RPM in all gears of manual transmission. 2nd attempt to diagnose grinding/rattling noise at 2k RPM in all gears of manual transmission. 
3000 mi Rattle at 2k RPMs in all gears. Manual transmission was replaced under warranty. 

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2013 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

17000 mi Manual transmission sometimes pops violently out of gear when shifting to 3rd. Dealership test drove but didn't experience the problem. 

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2012 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

10000 mi when the jeep is fully warmed up, the transmission (manual) make a rattling noise at idle while in neutral. 
7000 mi Performed TSB 21-002-12. Manual Transmission Pops Out Of 2nd, 4th, And 6th Gear Positions Loose/rattling sound in 4th, 5th, 6th gear 

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2012 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

17000 mi Transmission cooling lines wore through by power steering line. Recall. 

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2012 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

66000 mi Rear axle seal leaking, discovered when parking brake was being diagnosed. 
31000 mi Shifter or transmission rattles when accelerating in 3rd gear. 
72000 mi Leaky front diff seal. 

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2012 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

33000 mi

US $700
The rear pinion bearing failed. I filled the rear axle with Royal Purple gear oil at 20,000 miles. The tech has seen many vehicles with this gear oil cause bearing problems and believes it was probably the cause. 
24380 mi Leaking from front transaxle seal. 

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2011 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

11780 mi shudder when in reverse on an incline. Dealer said torque convertor is slipping will have to be replaced. When I looked up the problem on the computer it seems a common problem on this auto transmission. they rebuilt the complete trans and replaced the torque convertor. Tried to blame it on me because I had changed the air intake. Replaced the stock intake to make them happy, still shudders in reverse. 
12180 mi jeep went in for 20000 km service + trans is still shuddering in reverse and sometimes forward gears Drive and Second 
15500 mi Transmission still shuddered when last had it. 

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2010 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

31000 mi Rear differential leaking oil. Repaired under warranty. 
12700 mi Transmission would pop out of first gear occasionally when starting off. 

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2010 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

145000 mi

US $546
Shifter solenoid 
37000 mi Small grease leak on the front right hand side axle. Schedule for warranty on March 5 2013. Replaced rear brake pads. 
73000 mi

US $25
Drivers front axle joint failed 
63000 mi Complete transmission failure. Tranny would not engage in any gear. Transmission replaced under warranty. 

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2010 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

22000 mi leak from right rear axle. Fixed under warranty. 
2356 mi Transmission is noisy, especially in third gear while accelerating and when shifting. Dealership acknowledged problem but won't do anything at this time, I was advised to wait until it gets worse. 

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2010 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

27300 mi T-case exit seal leak 

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2009 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

35000 mi

US $26
Clicking noise from front end. Replaced passenger side axle u joint. 

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2009 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

43000 mi

US $200
Plastic bushings disintegrated in transfer case shift cable linkage. I replaced entire linkage with a heavy duty one from advance adapters. 

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2009 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

108000 mi The torque converter was slipping causing a shuddering when shifting between gears usually at an incline. New torque converter was installed. During the repair of the Torque converter the shop also found missing teeth in rear differential. new gears were added in rear. 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

71000 mi

US $235
Hydraulic clutch pump fluid attached to clutch pedal in cab leeking into the cab. carpet soaked with dot3 break and clutch fluid. Dealer had to order new pump... 
9300 mi had a problem with the clutch throw-out bearing(noisy), replaced under warranty. 
15300 mi

US $800
Broke teeth on the ring gear in the front Dana 30 
62000 mi

US $6000
Replaced clutch and throwout bearing after the latter went out Replaced front axle seals 
31000 mi Manual transmission jumping out of 1st gear when accelerating. Synchronizer between 1st and 2nd gears replaced. 
133000 mi

US $250
Front U joints replaced The rear passenger side axle seal needed to be replaced and was not. 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

66300 mi Transmission cooler lines leak at rubber house section in front. 
67000 mi Fire was forward of the firewall which totalled the Jeep by the insurance company. I suspect it is similar to the causes that generated the recall several years before - overheated transmission, but no way for me to prove it. 
70000 mi

US $853
found weaping oil seal on the right rear axel. Seal and bearings replaced 
39460 mi

C $565
The left rear axle bearing seal was leaking. Had to replace the bearing-axle shaft, the seal for the axle drive shaft and the ring for the axle shaft. 
40300 mi

C $1550
rear differential was leaking, needed to replace the transmission fluid and reseal the differential case cover. 
55180 mi

C $3700
and axle U joints all replaced. 
117000 mi Axle seals leaking. Found during lifetime powertrain inspection trip. No signs, symptoms, or issues during normal driving. 
184000 mi

US $445
Replaced transmission pan due to rust 
20000 mi Front differential was leaking fluid. Small leak, and was repaired by dealer. 
37000 mi

US $1229
I noticed small drops of oil on my garage floor. I took the car in and the dealer told me there were some serious leaks from the transmission cooling lines and other places. The repairs took two days. 
168000 mi

US $105
Transmission rebuilt poor 2nd to 3rd gear shift. Transmission oil dark color. 
47300 mi

US $159
Transmission range sensor needed replacement. This was causing the no-start issue. After almost a year. I finally found the root of the problem that the dealer could not. 
82000 mi

US $2750
Tranny completely failed - planetary was coming apart - shifted poorly. Required total rebuild 
32000 mi transmission fluid leak at cooler or radiator 
17000 mi C-clip on u joint fell out causing an end cap to fall out. Resulted in bent axle. Dealer refused warranty coverage based on "mods" to other parts of the vehicle. (suspension and tires) 
21000 mi

US $85
Spider gear inside front differential cracked. Part was ordered and replaced. Dealer admitted the part appeared faulty but could not reimburse do to "mods" on the vehicle (tires and 3" suspension lift) 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

62500 mi

US $380
Took vehicle to dealer for wheel alignment and they stated I had an front inner axle leak, one was leaking but the dealer stated I should do both for $1000.00 found a specialty shop that work on 4X4 vehicles, their price $380.00 for both. 
9000 mi noisy clutch throw out bearing, replaced clutch assemgly per TSB 
12000 mi Clutch throwout bearing per TSB 
56000 mi

US $100
Leaking clutch slave cylinder 
72000 mi

US $100
Transmission would pop out of first gear. Symptom was very random. 
7900 mi

US $100
The linkage to the four wheel drive engage shifter broke. (Waranty) 
11000 mi the 6-sp transmission was throwing the shifter out of gear when starting in first gear from a complete stop. 
65300 mi Seal on drive shaft torn - replaced drive shaft 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

7462 mi Transmission leaking fluid. Replaced transmission seal. 
8798 mi Transmission still shudders. Replaced torque converter, flush and replace transmission fluid. 
14000 mi Passenger front side axle seal leaking. Replaced seal. 
21000 mi Rear yoke seal leaking at driveshaft. Seal replaced. 
69000 mi

US $2200
Auto tranny total failure. Everything inside case had to be replaced. 
42160 mi

A $57000
Automatic gearbox reconstruction and upgrade change of the torque converter 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

36000 mi Rear differential locker panel activation light would not quit blinking, indicating it did not unlock. Driving on dry pavement indicated it was not off. Had to be towed. Dealer replaced entire differential at no cost to me. Has worked well since repai 
190000 mi

US $1000
Clutch throwout bearing grinding, no mechanical failure. 
61380 mi

C $1400
Replaced front drive axle u joints,  transmission cooling line and 
130000 mi

US $3500
Would not stay in reverse had to replace transmission. Also replaced clutch preventively. 
79000 mi

US $950
Took it in for replacement of rear pads and rotors. Rear axle seals were both blown and fluid destroyed parking brake shoes. Replaced pads, rotors, axle seals, and parking brake shoes. 
75500 mi

US $160
During visit for puchase of new tires, mechanic reported leaking rear axle seal. Placed order for replacement seal and scheduled half day for repair. 
77300 mi

US $950
Tranmission making excessive noise when started (whirring). Louder when pressing clutch. Suspected throw bearing. Sound disappears after15- 20 min warm up; Throw bearing worn. Clutch plate also worn. Replaced both with Luk aftermarket. 
37820 mi

A $8000
Replaced Universal Joints. 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

2000 mi Transmission oil leak bad seal. 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

83700 mi

C $450
Had to replace transmission cooling lines 
86800 mi

C $1500
Repair of front transmission pump 
62000 mi Locker mechanism broken, replaced locker mechanism, ring&pinion in rear locker. 
63000 mi Replaced front locker mechanism. Replaced 4WD shift cable. 
86000 mi

US $100
Rear locker not working - rebuild differential and repair locker. 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

18000 mi

US $1700
Mud got sucked up into the clutch while off roading, the clutch needed to be replaced along with the slave cylinder. The rear drive shaft also siezed and needed to be replaced. 
22000 mi

US $45
Transmission shifter seal needed to be replaced, covered by warranty. 
26000 mi

US $740
Bad driveshaft bearing. 
36000 mi Rear axle locker would not lock up. Had carrier, carrier bearings and locker actuator replaced under warranty.  
41000 mi

US $510
Clutch hydraulics need to be replaced 
38440 mi replaced 1st and 2nd gears as per tsb . jeep poping out of 2nd gear. 
2000 mi Throwout bearing 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

71000 mi

US $800
rear dana 44 gear replaced - with used parts because of the cost 
30000 mi

US $77
Weld on nut on right rear transfer case cross member broke; dealer cut off and replaced 
46000 mi

US $200
Replace front right axle which included axle shaft, hub & brake 
16000 mi

US $3800
Auto 3rd and 4th gears and reverse inoperable Dealer replaced Occurred again with associated parts 
40000 mi

US $245
Had the right front axle u-joint replaced. 
93000 mi

US $964
Replace transmission cooler lines. 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler

Engine not specified

79980 mi

¤100
Oil leakage from deferential 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

81000 mi Rear axle seals leaking gear oil. 2 days in shop, replaced axle seals. 
87000 mi

US $50
Intermittent clunk emination from the rear. 
108300 mi

US $560
Small consistent noise above 25 mph. Thought was U-joint. Mechanic could not replicate in shop on lift up to 40 mph. Does not think is U-joint. Noise still occurs.  
113000 mi

US $45
Still have strange noise over 25mph. Test drove but couldn't hear. Cleared mud and ice from drive shaft (inside?). Increased tire pressure from 28 to 33. Quieted road noise considerably. Tire manufacturer says 28. Jeep size/wt needs 33. 
176000 mi

US $10
Replaced 4x4 sensor. 4x4 light was OFF *in* 4 wheel drive, and ON *out* of 4 wheel drive. 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

48000 mi

US $300
Replaced broken transmission shifter cable. 
71000 mi

US $230
Front driveshaft rebuilt to replace worn and squeaky U joint. 
89000 mi CEL for overheated transmission following driving I-70 over mountain passes in Colorado. Cleared codes, installed transmission cooler. 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

97000 mi

US $200
Replaced front U-Joint 
73000 mi

US $400
Broken spyder gears in rear differential. 

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2005 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

56000 mi

US $50
Mild vibration under load at 30 mph. Replaced rear driveshaft ujoints with Spicer brand sealed joints similar to OEM. Problem solved. 

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2005 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

1500 mi Nut holding transmission skid plate spinning in frame. Remove skid plate bolt and weld repair nut insert in frame. 
85000 mi

US $100
Replaced front u-joints, and front differential seal. 

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2005 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

74000 mi

US $655
Whining noise coming from transmission when clutch pedal engaged. Throw-Out Bearing replaced 
76000 mi

US $140
Chirping noise coming from front driveshaft (do a search on Wrangler Angry Sparrows for more info). Found 1 U-Joint in need of replacement, however replaced all 3 plus ball joint while driveshaft was out. 
78000 mi

US $443
Rear drive shaft U-Joints needed to be replaced Rear differential cover was rusted out and leaking. Needed to be replaced 
77000 mi

US $150
Rear axle seal leaking 
102300 mi

US $35
While performing brake job, discovered bad u-joint on front axle. Part cost $10, didn't have a press to get the old joint out so I had a shop press out the old one and press in the new one for $40. 
113000 mi

US $12
Driver side front axle joint (u joint) had to be replaced. 

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2005 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

68000 mi

US $100
Rear bearing seal. 
69000 mi

US $800
Had strange sound/ vibration at freeway speed. Mechanic said it was U joint. Replaced U-Joint. 
105000 mi

US $100
Replaced front u-joint 

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2004 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

98700 mi

US $2
Automatic / linkage broke underneath. Used to zip ties to re-join. 
51000 mi

US $2400
Damaged transfer case, due to improper maintenance. 

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2002 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

151000 mi

US $1300
Pinion bearings making noise after a long trip. Mechanic diagnosed as worn. Replaced, along with carrier bearings. 
52000 mi

US $900
Replaced clutch and flywheel. Clutch wear not the problem. Worn throwout bearing. 14 year old vehicle. 

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