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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Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Models

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 46RE (A518)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 545RFE
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: W5A590
Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission: 65RFE (Late Model)

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 TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
42RLE184017001700
545RFE188018501900
65RFE244024372550
W5A580 / NAG1249045103000

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

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission Recalls

None Listed

Jeep Grand Cherokee Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Listed

Common Problems with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission

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.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

  1. Find your transmission model in the table below for fair prices from reputable suppliers. Also fair labor cost for local installation at a local auto repair shop.

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Fair Remanufactured Transmission Price Ranges by Transmission Model Updated July 2018

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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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Kathleen Justice

I have a 2012 Jeep GC, 104,000 miles, ,no warning as to a transmission problem but it just failed to go into gear at an intersection . I did have the check engine light on prior but had it read at an Autozone and it came back as either low coolant (is that the same as transmission fluid?) or a thermostat problem ,as my car wasn’t running hot in any way and coolant level was fine ….didn’t really worry too much about it ,It had come on a few days before after I went over a speed bump. Nad ow my Jeep is at a service station in Jacksonville NC and the mechanics are stumped ! They said I had no transmission fluid ,when I had just gone to Jiffy Lube 2 weeks before my trip for a “Signature Oil Change”, So I assumed that all my fluids would be checked and topped off , I guess that’s what I get for assuming ! I was pulling a small 4×8 utility trailer ,but never had more than a few hundred lbs on it, I tow a 3800 lb travel trailer with my Jeep with no problem ! Just can’t understand what happened and feel like an idiot cause I take care of my cars…

ette

2011 Grand Jeep Cherokee. 120,000 Miles. Benz Nag1. 3.6L V6 Flex Vin G Transmission warning light comes on at 249 degrees. The temp gradually rises before tripping the warning dash light at 249. I Confirmed temp with laser gun. No slippage in gears or sounds. No leaks.. Dealership said no codes. On their recommendation they felt a new cooler/condenser combo would fix the jeep. It did not! Fluid was changed during this service. Check fluid 1 week later and its dark, not what you would expect 1 week after changing. Trans temps is still rising up into the 200+ range. Dealership wants to try replacing trans valve body. No guarantees this will work either. Please I need some recommendations on fixing this. I have search the internet on so many forums and cant find a single one with the same problem with a repair that worked. Every recommendation from dealership is $1,000 plus for repairs that they dont know if it will fix it or not with no guarantees..

Mike

Yes I have a 2005 jeep rand Cherokee and the transmission overheating light is coming on while in park and idling ,it has a new engine but factory transmission it also is making a noise when the light comes on??

john filburn

i have a 2006 grand cherokee laredo first start it drives good fror short distance but goes in nutural let it sit awaile ir will go short distance again had trans ebuilt it went through all gears at first but then same thing started again short distace goes back in nutural took it to shop puld codes po657 and pa71d egine code says 96 degrees but says its over 400 degrees i was told they should be the same degrees wha t say you

Jim Bradley

I have a ’96 Cherokee. After running fine for 15 miles, it shifts from fourth to third and stays that way for the rest of the day. When it is in this mode, it clunks going into 2nd gear then stays there until I lift off on the gas. The transmission has been rebuilt twice and the computer replaced to no avail. Help!

DK

I have a 2008 jeep grand Cherokee limited hemi. When shifting gear out of reverse into drive I hear a load pop, Clunk when taking out of reverse.

Carguy10

There is a class action dealing with the transmission problems. https://lemonlawcases.wordpress.com/category/jeep-cherokee-transmission-defect/

Stephanie

Went to have my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee inspected…the first time 6 codes came up so the mechanic reset my computer…drove it for a little while and brou?ght it back to him…put it back on the device and said that it was showing computer didnt reset yet, gave me a 10 day inspection and said to drive it stop back in periodically and go from there (it had 2 things on this device for O2 sensor). My check engine light comes on and goes off. The light was off when i got to garage and it came back on when i pulled back into my driveway. So my husband took it to autozone and before he got there which was about 10 miles the light went off…..they put it on the computer thingy and it showed reverse shift solenoid. will the truck pass inspection if that is the only thing that comes up and what or where do i look for this reverse shift solenoid part? How much does the part cost?

Tom Win

I have a 2003 Jeep Cherokee laredo.my transmission is leaking from some where. Its slipping, I smelled a burning smell, I drove it and the fluid blew out the back as well. Please help!!

Carter

I have a 96 jeep cherokee 4.0 5-speed.
It goes into 1st gear easy in the morning or just starting but after being on the highway for 15 minutes, I’ll try to put in 1st after exiting the highway and it won’t go into any gear unless I turn it off and it will continue being hard to take in and out with the occasional grind till I get home.

Stephanie

Went to have my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee inspected…the first time 6 codes came up so the mechanic reset my computer…drove it for a little while and brou?ght it back to him…put it back on the device and said that it was showing computer didnt reset yet, gave me a 10 day inspection and said to drive it stop back in periodically and go from there (it had 2 things on this device for O2 sensor). My check engine light comes on and goes off. The light was off when i got to garage and it came back on when i pulled back into my driveway. So my husband took it to autozone and before he got there which was about 10 miles the light went off…..they put it on the computer thingy and it showed reverse shift solenoid. will the truck pass inspection if that is the only thing that comes up and what or where do i look for this reverse shift solenoid part? How much does the part cost? Thank you in advance for any information….

Consuela Holt

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee won’t reverse but everything else works also it shakes when it gets to 45 it shakes

Mike

Hey, got a 97 cherokee 6cyl.. p0700 and p0785 shift solenoid b electrical.
after hitting 3/4 gear wont downshift and revs to high rpm when accelerating from a stop. returns to normal after after being shut off and left for a bit. CEL comes on obviously as it threw the codes. Hoping its simply a solenoid replacement & will be taking it to a tranny shop tomorrow & will update, but any input is appreciated