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 / Ram Dakota 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#.

Replacement Jeep Liberty Transmission Prices:

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What are the DTC codes related to Jeep Liberty 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 Liberty Transmission Recalls

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Jeep Liberty Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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Common Problems with the Jeep Liberty 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 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.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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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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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

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

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

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.