Jeep Liberty Transmission Problems & Cost | 42RLE | 545RFE

The Jeep Liberty was equipped with the 42RLE or the 545RFE transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Jeep Liberty 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 Liberty Transmission Models

Jeep Liberty Transmission: 42RLE
Jeep Liberty Transmission: 545RFE

Jeep Liberty 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#.

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What are the DTC codes related to Jeep Liberty transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
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
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
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P07833-4 Shift
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0846Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit Range/Performance
P0871Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit Range/Performance
P0880TCM Power Input Signal
P0881TCM Power Input Signal Range/Performance
P0882TCM Power Input Signal Low
P0884TCM Power Input Signal Intermittent
P0888TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit
P0891TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit High
P0897Transmission Fluid Deteriorated

Jeep Liberty Transmission Recalls

Recall 05V460000 / E14 – Transmission may not hold in the park position
2005 – 2006 Chrysler 300 – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Charger – 2006 Dodge Dakota – 2005 Dodge Durango – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Magnum – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Liberty – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler
Summary – In November 2005, Chrysler recalled 256,409 vehicles equipped with the 42RLE transmission, because the cup plug that holds the park prawl anchor shaft may not have been properly installed. If the shaft moves out of position, the vehicle may not be able to achieve the Park position.
Consequence – If this occurs and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could unexpectedly roll away, causing serious injury and damage.
Remedy – Dealers were instructed to install a bracket to ensure that the 42RLE parking prawl anchor shaft will stay in the proper position. Concerned owners may call Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Jeep Liberty Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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.

Common Jeep Liberty Transmission Problems

Shifting problems and solenoid/pressure switch DTCs – 42RLE transmission
Problem – Drivers may experience 42RLE transmission problems that include slipping and harsh shifts. The check engine light may also be illuminated with the following codes stored in the ECU: P0750, P0755, P0760, P0765, P0846, P0871, P0841.
Solution – The problem may be caused by corrosion in the 10 pin solenoid harness connector. This may also be caused by a wiring issue between the TCM/ECU and the transmission harness connector. A new design 42RLE 10-pin connector will need to be installed and/or wiring issues repaired.

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 Liberty 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 Liberty transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Jeep Liberty 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 Liberty 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 Liberty transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Jeep Liberty 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 Liberty transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Jeep Liberty 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 Liberty 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 Liberty transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Jeep Liberty Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Jeep Liberty 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 Liberty 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 Liberty 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 Liberty 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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Someone said it could be the altern

2004 Jeep Liberty 107,000 mi Transmission rebuild it automatically downshift Rpm revs up shut engine off RPMs are normal last a little while RPMs Revs up again Someone said it could be the alternator like to know what the problem would be transmission guy says it is not in the transmission


I have a 2002 Jeep Liberty that has the following codes:
I bought it used and read that there was a recall for transmission. How can I find out if it was taken in for repair?


I have a 2011 Jeep liberty it’s got 134,000 miles on it and my transmission goes into limp mode where it stays in second gear

Reginald Sweatt

What was my 2012 is doing that also.


2002 sport
its got most othe problems you have listed
error codes po734,846,733,732.841 and doing every you have listed except for a couple of things

Alma Gonzalez

I have 2012 Jeep Liberty 4×4
Code p0882
P0733 P0734 P0755 any help or recommendations?


Jeep Liberty 2008 transmission does not stay in park position. is that a transmission problem or a linkage problem.

Kandace Eubanks

I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty 3.7 L will a 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport replace my transmission. All the hook up are alike and it looks the exact same but I cant find where anything says the transmissions interchange…only that the motors do.


I’m experiencing some erratic shifting and my trouble codes are a P0846, P0734 and P0733. 2002 Jeep Liberty 3.7 V6 148,700 miles

Paul Griffith

2011 jeep liberty 117k hard acceleration causes rpms to spike, no code


2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 4Wd with 148000 miles, Transmission noisy when reach 1750 rpm speed then normal transmission sound over & under 1750 rpm engine speed.


2005 Jeep Liberty Limited 4wd with 148000 miles. Transmission Noisy when reach 1750 rpm then normal sound over and under 1750rpm engine speed.

Michael Shane johnson

my jeep po700 code stuck in limp mode cant get it out of limp mode how do i get it to relearn to shift with out taking it to a shop and get it out of limp mode

Richard Allen Lundy

2003 Jeep Liberty sport 2wd 3.7L V6 sometimes runs great and sometimes it feels like it shifts from first to last gear and if I put it to the floor it doesn’t downshift into passing gear. Also when coming to a stop it downshifts hard

Richard Allen Lundy

Oh and no codes

Ronnie Hood

I have an 08 Jeep liberty four-wheel-drive V6 automatic it hops when it in reverse backing out in a bind or on a hill


that’s normal for an older 4×4

Dennis Rachel

I have a 2010 liberty 4×4 98000 miles- problem ,rpms go to 2500 at speeds 40-45, does not shift gears , noise + burning smell . Bought 1 year ago ,for my daughter, very nice condition, car faxed when purchased . Advise?


I have a 2004 Jeep liberty and the transmission is acting up doesn’t want to shift into overdrive sometimesand slips some times also . Sometimes it shifts normal and doesn’t slip at all

Doris Lucas

I’m having the exact same problem. I’ve had to shift it down to 2nd to just get up a small hill. I’m going to try transmission fluid to see if that helps.


I have a 2012 jeep liberty what trans is in it. when the jeep is cold it doesn’t go into gear right away and then it will pop into grear


I have the same problem and mine is also a 2012


let it warm up longer before you drive it

Daniel Jauregui Arnaud

2006 Jeep Liberty sport 4×4 110,000 miles
Good torke 1,. 2 gear and no problems and reveae, 3rd. Gear about 50 miles loses traction need to take rpm’s high in order to go faster, over dire doesn’t work.

Please advise


Same issue with mine. Sometimes


I have a 09 liberty just put in shop same problems you have and they tell me 4th is burt up luckly its under warranty so getting it replaced been in shop for 10 days and still hasent got my trany in!

Scott Roberts

2004 Jeep Liberty Limited 4wd with 221000 miles. Sometimes, when I shift into reverse, nothing happens (The engine revs, but it won’t go in reverse). Then, I shift into park and back to reverse. At this point, it works fine. Otherwise, no problems shifting.

Jasmine Caret

We have to jam the shift into drive all of a sudden