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  • Tow with a transmission leak?

    I have happily owned a 95 Cherokee for about 6 years. The only issue is that it develops a temporary transmission seal leak if I put too much speed on it. Too expensive to fix, everyone says. I need to tow a friend's dune buggy on a trailer (3500 lbs). The trip will go from 1000 ft. to 3000 ft elevation during a two hour trip....and back. Does anyone have any tips besides taking it easy? What precautions make sense? Thanks.

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    As long as the transmission temperature doesn't exceed 230 deg then you'll be good. The more fluid you loose the faster the temp will hit 230. Generally, running 230 for a few minutes isn't harmful, although it'll start to break the fluid down.

    When you say you have a seal leak, where specifically? And how much is being lost?

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    • #3
      I think you're going to have a hard time keeping the temperature down.

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      • #4
        xxx

        Thanks for your views. The leak is truly minimal. By that I mean...it smokes only accelerating up near 85 mph...(I know, I know...lol), or accelerating up the long El Cajon Pass above 75 mph on the Rte. 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The leak disappears after a 15 minute wait, and I am on my way again. There is zero gravity leak, and seemingly zero leak while under normal loads. I find no drop in fluid level after 6 months since the last "episode". It has only happened about 5 or 6 times during my 6 year ownership. I think I am safe but will update this post after President's Day weekend to tell you the story. The current SOCAL rains have ended this weekend's fun. Thanks to you both.

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        • #5
          take your time, and dont push it with speed. I tow a 3700lbs travel trailer with my cherokee and thats a heavy load to be behind a light cherokee. you will need trailer brakes and a weight distributing hitch. the FSM says you also need a heavier duty rad, a seperate trani cooler and the heavy duty AC fan. (I Pull mine with a standard, but with a 4.7L stroker, but it is alot of weight.. which means alot of load, and alot of heat, ive got dual electric fans to keep it under control) pack lots of ATF, and put in a trani temp gauge before you go. monitor it, and stop if you have to. DONT shut the vehicle off, put it in park and idle it, this curculates the hot oil, letting it cool equality, if you just shut it off, hot oil will sit on parts, and others will get cool, burning the oil in the hot spots.

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          • #6
            Something else to consider. Check the under side of your rear bumper. If there is any fluid residue there that means your leak is big enough to cause a mist of fluid from the back of your vehicle as you drive. If you towing the buggy behind it you might end up with a nice coat of fluid on it as well. If that's not a concern and you don't plan on fixing it I would just drive nice and slow. The scenary along the 15 right now should be real nice considering all the rain and snow we've had.

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