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Common Problems With Jeep Transmissions

| by Michelle Yang, Esq.

Jeep transmission issues are a common problem among Jeep owners. From slipping gears to delayed shifting and even complete transmission failure, these issues can leave you stranded and facing costly repairs.

Many Jeep models have been affected by transmission problems and owners of both manual and automatic transmission vehicles have reported experiencing these issues.

In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the transmission problems affecting Jeep vehicles and explore the potential causes, common symptoms, and possible solutions. Whether you’re a current Jeep owner or considering buying one, this article will provide you with valuable information to help you understand the problem and make informed decisions.

The following models appear to be most afflicted by these faulty transmissions and engines: the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Wrangler. Are you experiencing problems with your jeep’s transmission? If you own or lease one of these car’s and have had transmission or engine difficulties, keep reading to see how the lemon law can help.

Jeep Cherokee Transmission Problems

Jeep Cherokee Transmission Problems

In 2022, Fiat Chrysler issued a recall for 138,645 Jeep Cherokees worldwide after it was discovered that these vehicles lose power unexpectedly due to a transmission issue. According to reports, when a driver shifts the car into park, the transmission doesn’t act accordingly, which has increased the risk of the car rolling away and crashing. The Jeep Cherokees that were included in the recall included the 2014 – 2017 models.

More recently, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee has been said to have its own set of engine problems. Unfortunately, many drivers of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee have been experiencing the need for repeated service appointments, even when the cars are just brand new.

If you’ve leased or purchased a Jeep Cherokee with transmission issues,iit might be a lemon and you may be entitled to a refund, replacement, or cash settlement.

Jeep Compass Transmission Problems

Jeep Compass Transmission Problems

Transmission failure in the Jeep Compass is indicated by delays in shifting, grinding or leaping while accelerating, shaking at all speeds, or whistling noises and a burning smell coming from under the hood. If you don’t pay attention to your Jeep Compass’s transmission problems, you might notice a decrease in fuel efficiency or be unable to drive it at all.

The symptoms of a failing transmission are:

  • Warning engine light. Your Jeep Compass transmission warning light is on.
  • Transmission fluid leaks. Leaks are uncommon, but they might indicate a problem with your transmission hose.
  • Something doesn’t smell right. This may be a sign your transmission fluid is burning.
  • Odd grinding sounds. When you change gears or if you notice your gears catching when you shift them.
  • Delayed gear shifting. When your gear change is delayed after the transmission has shifted.

Jeep Wrangler Transmission Problems

Jeep Wrangler Transmission Problems

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is being touted as one of the most advanced jeep models in history. Unfortunately, many drivers are experiencing issues with its transmission when it’s just a few months old or less than 1000 miles on their odometer.

If your Jeep is experiencing delayed gear shifting or shuddering when accelerating, you’re not alone. This is typical of faulty transmissions.

If you have a 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler and are having problems with your transmission, common reports include strange behavior that has caused vehicles to enter “limp mode”. Harsh gear changes and loss of power are among the complaints, while other owners report sloppy clutch pedals.

Common problems with the Jeep Wrangler transmission include:

  • Transmission fluid spills out on the underside of the vehicle.. (Leaking rear seal)
  • Harsh down shifting
  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel relay
  • A clog in the fuel line
  • Fault PCM control module
  • Odd engine noises
  • When moving from park to drive or reverse, there may be a clicking or clunking sound coming from the gearbox.
  • Clunking sound, especially on a cold start up
  • There may be a problem with the start/stop mechanism or the gearbox
  • Power losses (Fuel related)
  • Loose Clutch pedal (recall)
  • Bad performance
  • Vibrates and shakes too much

Jeep Renegade Transmission Problems

Jeep Renegade Transmission Problems


The Jeep Renegade was recalled in 2017 for a faulty transmission, yet many drivers are still having issues with newer versions of this model.

Shifting delays, jumping or grinding during acceleration, the car shaking on the road, or whistling noises or a burning odor coming from beneath the hood are all possible symptoms of a problem with your Jeep Renegade’s transmission.

Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers Regarding Your Jeep’s Faulty Transmission

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Cali Lemon Lawyers has dealt with a large number of lemon law claims for the following Jeep vehicles:

  • 2015 – 2020 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2015 – 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2015 – 2020 Jeep Compass
  • 2015 – 2020 Jeep Renegade
  • 2015 – 2020 Jeep Wrangler

If you own or lease a Jeep that has been fixed for engine or transmission problems numerous times, you might be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle, or cash compensation at no cost to you.

Learn why countless individuals throughout the state of California have trusted our law firm with their lemon law claims. Get in touch with Cali Lemon Lawyers today. We look forward to hearing from you! (310) 627-2665

Comments (4)
  • 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – 33,000 miles. I have just been told I need a new transmission. It started acting funny at 15,000 miles – nobody believed there could be something wrong. It has gone to SC from NJ (5) times in 2.5 years owned. ONLY comes out weekends in warmer NJ Shore weather. I LOVE my jeeps had crazy amount since 1987 – but this is absolutely shocking – even to a Wrangler veteran. I just replaced the transmission on my 2017 – but it had 140,000 miles – so I can kind of accept this failure. However, 33,000 miles is unacceptable – waiting to see if Crysler is covering as I have 35″ tires on it and I am told this may VOID warranty. PJB – Teterboro NJ 07608

  • I own a 2015 Jeep Cherokee And been having shifting problems and gear problems. Had to keep changing the axle gaer

  • I have a 2018 Jeep Cherokee and been having issues with it shifting for the last year. When you go to take off at a stop light or stop sign it hesitates before it will go. The at times when it’s shifting gears it’s with a clunk and jerks terrible. Had it to the Jeep shop and they said there was nothing wrong with it when they took it for a spin around the block.

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