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Jeep Liberty Transmission Problems



  • I have a 06 Liberty Limited the transmission slips when shifting from second to first when turning into a driveway or a slight uphill incline. It also shudders bad when in reverse going up a hill. Acts like it isn't getting fluid to the pump or sucking air. Has anybody else experienced this problem. The dealer said they can't find anything wrong, and the last time they re flashed the computer. It's did it since new and has only 14,000 miles.
  • I bought a Jeep Liberty 2006 Limited that was loaded, and I loved it for a while, but because I was never a truck owner before, I didn't like the loud noise the engine and transmission made. But it is truly beautiful vehicle, and my wife loved it.

    Now the bad part, I had the transmission lock up on me when trying to back out of my driveway,4 times when parked in front of my house at approx 6 & 8,000 miles. My driveway has a little incline, when I tried backing the vehicle out of the driveway, it locked up. I had a heck of a time getting it to unlock by moving it back and forth in all the gears and hitting the brake. It happened 3 of the times when I had the Select-Tract in the 2H Range for rain and light snow like it recommends. I took the vehicle into the place I bought it, and of course they couldn't duplicate the problem when I had it running. I had them make a notation in my service record about the problem. Also I really hate the bad gas mileage this vehicle gets, it's nothing like the 17 city--22 highway it reports it gets, I'm 74 years, and don't burn rubber.

    I want to get rid of this car, but will not take a $10,000 loss, the vehicle listed for $31,040, and it's like it just came out of the factor, but no one wants to give me more then $16,500 for a trade-in. Lou
  • I have a 2003 Jeep Liberty "Freedom" edtion Sport, 3.7L, with a 4sp automatic and 4WD. Today while slipping and sliding to work on rain-slick and mudddy roads I'd had enough and engaged the lever into 4WD High. She ran great until I hit normal pavement again and tried to disengage it. The indication light on the dash went off for a second and then back on again. And I could feel it was still in 4WD. So I pulled back up on the 4WD lever to fully engage it, and immediately the light went off, when it should have stayed on. I tried to disengage it again, but when the 4x4 handle is completely down (and it should be out of 4WD at that position) it's still engaged. Seems that the light has somehow "reversed" itslef but the 4WD won't dis-engag at all. Anybody got any ideas as to what it might be other than taking it in for a costly repair at the dealership? I'm out of ideas as I tried everything I could think of to dis-engage the 4WD. HELP!
  • My Jeep was purchased in June of 06. I bought the extended warranty and was very happy for the first 11 months. However, at 18K, the Jeep wouldn't switch from neutral to reverse. I took it in to have it repaired. Come to find out, there were recalls of sorts and the dealership told me the recalls would take care of the problem. Yay, right? Wrong. I continued having problems with it and returned to the dealership only a few weeks later complaining of the same issue and a new one to boot. When reaching the 3rd to 4th gear shift mark, the Jeep would stall for a moment, make a gassing-it-in-neutral-sound, then jump.

    The problem was not fixed properly and has been worsening since May. The Jeep started to lurch and die at stops. I took it in. The gears seem to grind when I accelerated slowly. I took it in. I have all receipts from the shop visits between May and early November. I'm no car guru, but it's obvious that there is an issue! The topper is a few days before Thanksgiving, at just under 27K, I pulled out in front of traffic and nearly got rear ended because it would not go over 40 mph. Second gear was the highest it would run. I immediately took it to nearby Jeep dealership service shop and explained the details of what I took as a transmission problem.

    The shop replaced the EGR valve and told me it was ready to go. When I went to pick it up today, I pulled out and couldn't go beyond 2nd gear again. I left it parked right in front of the service booth and left the key with the manager with instructions to have the service manager call me first thing in the morning. Honestly, I am becoming disgusted with my Jeep Liberty and Chrysler mechanics' skills in general. I'm thinking maybe a :lemon: complaint is in order.

    Have any of you had any success with a repurchase or replacement? I mean, I do pass the 4x test and the serious safety hazard test for the lemon laws in Texas, but I don't know if a stupid transmission is enough to go legal on their @$$. I'm leaning towards "one more shot," but what if it's still not repaired?
  • This is my third Jeep in a row...I traded off a 2003 Liberty that ran fine....However, this one is a total :lemon: ........I've only had it for 4 months and it has problem upon problem....The only problem is that with the lemon law it has to have the same exact problem 3 times in a 12month period.......I'm at 2 with the air compressor....I just wanted people to know.......DO NOT BUY a 2007 Liberty.........They are the worst car Jeep has ever made.........The worst dealership is Jim Marsh in Las Vegas Nevada........I told the saleman within the 1st week that something was wrong with it......I couldn't take it in until it totally died.......Which was the 3rd week.......Then they wouldn't give me a new car.......DO NOT BUY from the Jeep dealership in Las Vegas - JIM MARSH.......They are not a 5 star dealership so therefore, they don't care about repeat customers!
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  • Suvlove,
    Forbes just released their list of the top 10 worst automobiles for 2007. Jeep Liberty, Nitro (Dodge's version of the Liberty), and Jeep Patriot made the top of the crappy list. So unfortunately, you may be looking at quite a few problems here in the near future. Sorry but you'll probably be joining the rest of us Liberty owners who wished that they'd have bought something else. I've been "repairing" my 2003 Liberty Freedom Sport for 4 years now. Always something "unusual" according to the Jeep dealer. But on line here it seems all too common.
  • wishnwishn Posts: 1
    I have the same vehicle, make model & year. And unfortunately, I have the EXACT same problem. My indicator light comes on, goes off then my car goes into 4wh drive!. When I take it out, the light comes back on. It will flash several times, off n on. I don't know what is up with this. I also have a loud noise (sounds like brakes releasing) every now & again. I don't know if its the 4wh drive disengaging or what???? :confuse:
  • Wishn,
    I would bet the bank that your 4WD vacuum modulator (I think that's what the service tech called it) is faulty. I spent $129.60 at Continental Chyrsler/Jeep in LaGrange, IL for the new part + labor. Service guy also told me that they have replaced a lot of these on 02-04 Liberty's at the 35K+ mark. My 2003 has 46K on it so I guess I've been been lucky. As this forum shows, any year Liberty is basically a dog. More problems than the average vehicle, crappy gas milege, poor trade-in/resale value. Even in mint condition w/low miles- nobody wants them unless you argee to almost give it away.

    That noise you're hearing is the 4WD engaging/disengaging while you're driving it with the bad vac mod. If you pay close attention to your fuel gage, you'll note a big drop in your MPG. I only drove mine some 100+ miles with the bad vac mod and burned over 3/4 of a tank of gas! I'd get it in for service real fast. Please let us know if that's what it turns out to be for sure on your '03. Good luck.
  • I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4 with a 3 speed auto transmission with overdrive. The transmission seems to slip when backing up an incline. Also it up shifts hard, the RPM's will red line before an up shift. When driving on straight and level I can push the accelerator and nothing happens until I let off the gas and re-apply it to get a rpm rise. It also downshifts with a bang when slowing to a stop. I have also noticed a 50 mpg loss per tank of gas. Do I need a new trany? The fluid and filter were changed but no help
  • My jeep is still in the shop for transmission repairs. There was yet another recall on parts that did not eliminate the shifting/lurching problems. I don't know what else to have "fixed" on it! The diesel mechanic thinks it may be a loss of power but I don't see how that would affect the gears. I am at a loss here. Any mechanic ideas? I've already mentioned that my vehicle may be a :lemon: but I would still like to have my Jeep for a few years longer before I upgrade. Especially since I haven't had it in over a month now...
  • jaztaujaztau Posts: 2
    Hi Guys i have a Jeep Cherokee or(Liberty) as the Americans call it, i was driving and as i wanted to overtake someone i steped on the gas to gear back and i sudenly lost 3rd gear, ever since i only have 2 gears and as soon as it is suppose to go into 3rd the revs just go high and there is nothing....any idees?
  • caribou1caribou1 Posts: 1,349
    Hi jaztau,
    If you heard nothing falling on the road that day and the vehicle can still use two gears, I would guess you have a hydraulic / solenoid / shifting control issue. All gears are constantly meshed so if one breaks, the whole transmission gets "frozen".
    Try to inspect the rotary switch of the gear selector (driver's side) and the big connector of the gearbox control module located near the firewall on the passenger side. Are you getting an error code?
  • i have a 03 liberty with 55 thousand miles. i think the tranny is slipping.. when i am at a stop lite and when i take off on a hard acceleration it hessates to go and : then it finally kicks in and goes but when i take off easy it dont seem to slip.. is it my transmission or something else. has anyone else had this kinda problem.. i have taken it to 2 transmission places and they both drove it and said it was slipping bad i hate to spend all that money if it wasnt the problem... can anyone help me :cry: i had the transmission fluid changed about 3 months ago but it started acting up about 3 weeks ago is there a code that has to be reset after the transmission fluid is changed ?
  • I have te same problemhard acceleration it hessates to go and : then it finally kicks in and goes but when i take off easy it dont seem to slip//I have an extended warranty and they've already denied :mad: my claim for the broken valve. and i'm out of pocket 1300.00 :cry: i just don't want another problem and more expense. so is it really the tranny?
  • hp129hp129 Posts: 1
    Hey everyone. I have a 2003 jeep liberty sport with 100 k on it and my transmission goes into geer ans shifts just fine, but when it down shifts it seems as if its shift down too fast. When it finally is getting ready to shift back down into first is bangs really hard back in. It actually jerks my whole jeep. I took it to a place and they said it was a computer problem in the transmission and I was just wanting to know someone elses oppion. Does anyone think I should get another oppinion?Thanks!
  • ceashaceasha Posts: 3
  • Good day all My 2006 CRD had tranny problems at about 37,00 km i noticed the tranny slipping and on the highway around 120 km/hr it would jump. So I brought it into Jeep and they said it was something to do with tranny lines. So after they said it was fixed it but they didnt after driving some more I found in the morning or just starting off I would have to rev up the engine to get the jeep moving but they looked at it again and put another torque converter in it. I talk to a guy online he said he had the same problem and they put a jeep commander toruge converter in it from what they said would take the power of the diesel engine. So knowing that now why havent they recalled the jeep liberity CRD and put a more powerfull torgue converter in it. But on a side note i got 930km one trip when i changed the oil and put a K&N air filter in it now i get about 830 km go figure eh.
  • caribou1caribou1 Posts: 1,349
    I also get better mileage and torque (pull) with a dirty air filter and when it rains.
    I get less mileage when I put a new air filter or when I have the K&N on :confuse:
    Could our turbo be making the air/fuel mixture too lean?

    In my case, cleaning the Boost Pressure Sensor never made a change. Could be due to the mechanically driven waste gate compared to the variable vanes you have :confuse:

    Now that winterized diesel fuel is available, for the same amount of fuel (3/4 tank mark) I get 320 instead of 450 Km or miles, the ratio is the same :sick:
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