2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee dies when put in reverse to ack up

Asked by Mar 26, 2017 at 03:51 PM about the 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Dies sometimes when in reverse and
almost dies if stopped at light sometimes
The battery was recently disconnected due
to repairing window

1 Answer


Sounds like it could be the lock up torque converter not disengaging sometimes. Low hydraulic pressure or fluid aeration, or bad seal rings on the torque converter can cause this problem. Especially if you have the 545RFE transmission. Which you probably do. Also there were some bad filter kits (transmission) out there on the market. The 545RFE has two transmission filters internally. One is a spin on and the other a traditional pan filter. The pan filter uses a seal in the transmission housing to prevent it from sucking air since it's above the pan fluid. The spin on filter has a plastic threaded filter and those can crack as well as the filter housing can crack. These did cause problems. Hopefully that the problem. A cheap fix actually.

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