Q: 2004 jag xj8 4.2 v8 auto trans 5spd had trans fluid leak. lost approx 6qts. repaired leak and filled per instructions on alldata w

asked by on May 09, 2017

5spd auto trans... had leak, lost approx. 6 qts. fixed leak and filled per instructions on alldata w/ a good scantool to observe trans temp while filling. does not go into gear... reverse or drive or manual mode. feels like reverse engages but does not go anywhere. same thing in drive. weird thing is, in park on the gas pedal, the vehicle pushes forward, same thing in neutral... like its between gears. scanned p0730 and p0736. alldata did not have diag charts. only info found is to replace trans for internal mechanical failure.

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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The two codes, P0736 and P0730 overlap to some extent insofar as possible faults. If the transmission fluid got really low, the transmission might have overheated with several consequences: burnt fluid; mechanical damage, case/part distortion, damage to hydraulic seals on clutch pistons, and so forth. Although you added a lot of "new" fluid, check the fluid condition. You might have to remove the pan and check for debris and check for a clogged filter. Debris and a clogged filter will cause non operation. If there is debris and/or the fluid is burnt or contaminated, you’ll have to change the fluid yet again to rule that out as a cause. Of course, if you find a lot of metal debris, you might be better off just rebuilding the unit and not attempting to further diagnosis a unit that already evidences obvious damage. Check the fluid level. Check for burnt wiring, particularly to the shift solenoids, and faulty circuitry. Test the shift solenoids (check resistance of coils). If none of the foregoing generates a result check hydraulic gauge pressures against factory spec in P, D, and so forth. If gauge pressures are off (out of range), that means the oil pump might have gotten damaged (perhaps run dry?), the valve body is defective, hydraulic passages are blocked (that debris issue) and/or the heat caused damage to rubber piston seals causing pressure to bleed off. With inadequate pressure, clutches won’t apply and the car won’t go into gear.


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