by Teri Stryker
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Smooth shifts are expected from a vehicle’s transmission. However, this does not always happen. Loose bands will slip off. The tight bands will be destroyed. That is why the adjustment must be done correctly. It should not be necessary to adjust the belt unless the vehicle is used for heavy transport on a regular basis. Extremely high mileage or actual slippage or other erratic shifting issues are also reasons to adjust the band.
Jeep Grand Cherokee kickdown band adjustment
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Chock the rear wheels with a block of wood. Set the emergency brake.
Raise the front of the vehicle with a jack. Place a jack stand under the frame on both sides of the vehicle. Slowly lower the jack until the vehicle rests on the jack stands. Remove the jack.
Locate the adjusting screw locknut on the left side of the transmission. Loosen the set screw locknut five turns with a socket and ratchet. Loosen the adjusting screw a few turns with a wrench. Make sure the screw turns freely. Apply penetrating oil if necessary.
Tighten the bolt to the specified torque with a torque wrench. Loosen the screw the specified number of turns.
Hold the screw with pliers. Tighten the locknut to the specified torque with a torque wrench.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Rear Stripe Adjustment (Low Kickback)
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Chock the rear wheels with a block of wood. Set the parking brake.
Raise the front of the vehicle with a jack. Place jack stands on each side of the vehicle under the frame. Slowly lower the jack until the vehicle rests on the jack stands.
Place the drain pan under the transmission pan. Remove the rear and side tray mounting bolts with a socket and ratchet. Loosen the front bolts only four turns.
Pry the drive tray loose with a flat blade screwdriver. Let the liquid drain. Remove the remaining bolts, tray, and gasket. Clean the gasket surface with a gasket scraper to remove all traces of old gasket and sealant.
Drain the fluid from the transmission pan. Clean the pan with solvent. Dry the pan with paper towels or old rags.
Locate the rear belt adjustment screw on the rear belt lever. Loosen the set screw locknut four turns with a ratchet and socket. Make sure the screw turns freely on the lever.
Tighten the set screw to the specified torque specifications. Tighten the locknut to the specified torque while holding the screw with pliers.
Place a small bead of RTV sealant on each side of the joint. Install the new gasket on the transmission pan. Put the pan in its place. Work around the pan, tightening each bolt little by little to 144 inch-pounds with a torque wrench.
Raise the vehicle with a jack. Remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle to the ground.
Add two quarts of transmission fluid through the fill tube. Run the engine at fast idle. Move the gear selector through each range and back to neutral. Check the transmission fluid level. Add liquid if necessary.
Check under the vehicle for leaks. Deactivate the parking brake. Remove the block of wood from behind the wheels.
- 1994-1998 Drive Belt Adjustment Specifications.
- Front band
- 42RE 72 in-lbs. 3 to 5/8 turn reverse
- 42RH 72 in-lbs. 2-1 / 2 turn reverse
- 44RE 72 in-lbs. Backspace 2-1 / 4 turns
- 46RH 72 in-lbs. Kickback 2-1 / 2 turns
- 46RE 72 in-lbs. Kickback 2-7 / 8 turns
- Rear band
- 42RE, 42RH and 44RE 72 in-lbs. Backward 4 turns
- 46RH and 46RE 72 in-lbs. Backtrack 2 turns.
Articles will need
- Wood block
- 2 jack stands
- Socket set
- Penetrating oil
- Torque wrench
- Drain pan
- flat head screwdriver
- Joint scraper
- Paper towels
- RTV sealant