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Chris, Shop Foreman
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Experience:  Jeep Certified Master Tech
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Transmission was 2 quarts low and reverse is minimal,

Customer Question

transmission was 2 quarts low and reverse is minimal
JA: When was your transmission fluid last checked?
Customer: yesterday
JA: What is the model/year of your Jeep?
Customer: 1997 jeep grand cherrokee larado
JA: Are you fixing your Grand Cherokee yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: done nothing I am lost
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: is it a major fix
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.


You checked the transmission fluid while idling in neutral right?

So at this point you have the fluid at the correct level and still no reverse?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.

You may be at a point where the transmission needs a rebuild or replacement. These Jeep transmission are temperamental when it comes to fluid. They build up tarnish and wear on the transmission internals really quickly if the fluid is low- and occasionally when it's not.

How many miles do you have?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.

With that high of mileage it would be surprising if the transmission hasn't been replaced at least once already. Jeep transmissions usually last about 60k miles. If you have the original transmission at 163k miles then that's awesome. It's probably time for a replacement.