Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Problems & Cost | A518 | 65RFE | W5A580 | 545RFE

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was equipped with the 46RE (A518), the 545RFE the W5A580 (NAG1) or in later models the 6-speed 65RFE transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 46RE (A518)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 545RFE
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: W5A580
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 65RFE
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 8HP70

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmissions:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission
W5A580 / NAG12589

What are the DTC codes related to Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0706Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P07833-4 Shift
P0880TCM Power Input Signal
P0881TCM Power Input Signal Range/Performance
P0882TCM Power Input Signal Low
P0884TCM Power Input Signal Intermittent

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Recalls

None Listed

Jeep Grand Cherokee Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 21-08-99 – Buzz, whining or moaning sound when reverse is selected
1996 – 1999 Dodge Ram Van – 1996 – 1999 Dodge Dakota – 1996 – 1999 Dodge Ram – 1998 – 1999 Dodge Durango – 1997 – 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ – 1996 – 1999 Jeep Cherokee – 1996 – 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ/WJ
Problem – An intermittent buzz, whining, or moaning sound may be noticed when the vehicle is shifted into reverse.
Solution – A new regulator valve may solve this problem. However, the issue can also be caused by a number of things, including a cracked pump housing, a torn pump gasket, low transmission fluid level, a dirty transmission filter, restricted transmission cooler flow, a worn valve inside of the valve body, or a worn valve body.

TSB 21-015-05 – Delayed gear engagement – 545RFE Transmission
2000 – 2004 Dodge Dakota – 2000 – 2006 Dodge Durango – 2003 – 2006 Dodge Ram – 2002 – 2006 Jeep Liberty – 1999 – 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee – 2006 Jeep Commander
Problem – Drivers may notice an initial delayed gear engagement with the shift into Drive or reverse after the vehicle has been parked overnight/is cold. This may occur after having the transmission serviced and having the transmission cooler return filter replaced.
Solution – If the OEM transmission cooler return filter (part #04799662AB) was used, it can allow the transmission fluid to drain back out of the torque converter, causing the delay/slip on initial gear engagement. Installing an upgraded transmission cooler return filter should cure the problem.

TSB 21-003-06 – Transmission shudder or buzzing noise due to water contamination
2005 – 2006 Chrysler 300
2005 – 2006 Dodge Magnum
2005 – 2006 Dodge Charger

-Note: This W5A580 transmission TSB is intended to supersede TSB 21-011-05 which included the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Problem – Owners may experience a shudder vibration and/or a high-frequency buzzing sound. This W5A580/NAG1 transmission problem may be most noticeable during light acceleration where partial application of the torque converter clutch happens in 3rd, 4th, or 5th gears. The reason this happens is because water has gotten past the transmission oil fill tube/dipstick seal. Contaminated transmission fluid can cause the TCC to stick and/or slip.

Solution – If the contaminated transmission fluid has not caused a lot of damage, the transmission and torque converter may be able to be flushed to cure the problem. However, if the contamination is severe, the torque converter will need to be replaced, and the transmission inspected for signs of other damage. The transmission fill tube seal will also need to be upgraded.

TSB 21-010-12 – Clunk noise when shifting from drive to neutral – 65RFE transmission
2011 – 2012 Ram 1500 – 2011 – 2012 Ram 2500 – 2011 – 2012 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis – 2011 – 2012 Dodge Durango – 2011 – 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Problem – Drivers may notice a pronounced clunking noise when shifting from drive to neutral. This may be particularly evident when the vehicle is hot or at normal operating temperatures.
Solution – These 65RFE transmission problems may be caused by the underdrive clutch releasing too quickly. To correct the issue a revised spacer plate will need to be installed inside of the valve body.

Common Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Problems

Delayed and/or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 shifts – 545RFE Transmission
Problem – Owners may experience an unusually delayed or harsh 3-4 or 4-5 gear change, where the transmission doesn’t seem to want to go into that particular gear.
Solution – This issue is related to valve body problems where the material used to make one of the checkballs has broken down to the point that fluid is able to get past and engage the underdrive clutch during those shifts. An upgraded #2 checkball will be needed to solve the issue.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Jeep Grand Cherokee can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Jeep Grand Cherokee Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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6 months ago

Had a shop replace the solenoids in my 1999jeep grand Cherokee 4.0 I supplied the parts was getting 20-22 mpg now I’m getting 14-17 mpg left shop headed home loss power pulled over asap called shop an complained about it was told they could not get back in that day have fixed n my jeep it read the gave this code which I never had before p1763 told them that was told to bring it back n on the 30th paid them 580.92 to make it worse

John C
2 months ago
Reply to  William

2008 Grand Cherokee 3.7, nag1, 287,000 miles on factory transmission. Tranny is starting to slip in all gears at low rpm and burning the fluid. No codes. Problem is only at low rpm. At higher rpm or while accelerating shifts fine and firm. Probably torque converter issue but it has done damage to the bands. Lots of black gunk in pan but no metal shavings. At this age and mileage it’s getting a junk yard transmission. Other than that jeep runs and looks just like it did when new.

Felicia M
11 months ago

Had a transmission put in 2011 keep grand Cherokee in December… after I got it back… gear wouldn’t engage but I turn the car off for a few minutes it will go but if I stop it would stall, just rev up rpm’s.. turn it off for a few minutes then it repeats…

Felicia Zolman
11 months ago

Haven’t got the codes yet but waiting for my guy to come buy to run it. Slipped a few times felt like going in 3rd gear maybe. Check engine light, had a hard time starting back up one time after a really good storm.

william burdick
1 year ago

Gear shift lever can be moved just by pushing it. From time to time not shifting properly. Seems as though I can remedy the issue by putting into neutral and then back into drive. Addionallly code stating permanent is u0402 and not permanent code p0456

Michael lowe
1 year ago

My Cherokee won’t go in reverse. I jacked up the rear end started her up, when I put it in reverse so the tires could move freely at first they didn’t turn. But about two mins later they started turning I could give it gas and brake it work fine. Could it not be the transmission but the rear end? Also might it be an easy fix snd the rear end need greased ? It would also at times I’d put it in reverse and if I gave a little to much gas it would sound and act like I was breaking the tires loss but I wasn’t. I’d let off the gas a little and it start moving again. Only did that about 3 times. Today it just wouldn’t go in reverse at all. Even tryed putting it in 4wheel drive

Last edited 1 year ago by Michael lowe
Karen k
1 year ago

My 93 jeep grand chrokee Laredo was slow to go and clunker hard when take in drive.. I began to shift manually. I added bars leak trans fix and it was so smooth.. I began to drive normally in drive gear then it slipped out of drive while driving.. Just started slipping in drive so now what?

Scott Bowers
2 years ago

When starting after sitting overnite most of the time a buzzing noise in only neutral and reverse and will go away also will not shift into overdrive.Like it’s Stuck in Direct.Trans does shift D-1-2 with the stick . CodesP0700

Ashley strong
2 years ago

The transmission has been going bad for a few weeks now but I have still been able to drive as long as I didn’t take it over 25 MPH
Yesterday when I eased on the gas at a red light to take off when it turned green I was unable to drive. The engine was still running but the vehicle would not drive. I had to push it but I wasn’t even able to put it in neutral or even shift the gears. When I made it to a pull out u shut off and tried re starting the car and when I put it in drive it made awful noise and shook really bad. Now the car will start and then as soon as I let off the gas the engine dies immediately

2 years ago

I just had used transmission put in my 2011
Jeep Grand Cherokee. Do I have to have it reprogrammed??

2 years ago

Well it jumps out idrive into neutral if I floor it,an it has been rolled on its top,do you think the transmission fluid could come out of the dipstick,an would low transmission fluid cause it to jump out of gear into neutral

2 years ago
Reply to  Chad

Jumps from drive to 4 gets stuck

2 years ago

I changed the shift solenoid and it’s still not shifting right what else could it be I thought maybe a speed sensor or something I need to know if I should get a née transmission or not or does it have to be reset when you change a solenoid

Dylan forget
2 years ago

Wines in 5th gear like a humming wine when I’m no in fifth it goes away

2 years ago

Felt sluggish yesterday today it hardly accelerates and threw code p0876 know its in limp move i believe

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