Having problems with your 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee ?

How hard is it to replace a automatic transmission in a 93 Grand Cherokee Laredo with a 5.2L-318 cubic inch engine.

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 29-06-2020

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Working standing up, with the proper adjustable transmission jack and air tools, I've seen good techs do a complete R&R in less than a half day. Working on the ground, lying underneath, using hand tools, you run into clearance problems, balance problems (the unit is relatively large and difficult to get into position). Using muscle instead of the proper jack often results in bent flywheels, damaged sensors or worse. In using a reliable shop to do the work, unless you are installing a used unit, you have a guarantee (used units are guaranteed but the shop will charge each time the unit needs to be removed if you get a bad one). That in itself is a "game changer". Unfortunately, the cost of a rebuilt unit, including install is likely higher than the book value of the vehicle. That's why you see many GC's for sale cheap, all with trans problems.
Can a novice do the job? Yes, but you will take anywhere from two to four days doing it. Get a chilton or haynes manual to guide you through the job, work on a flat hard surface (cement slab or at the least, a couple of sheets of plywood so you can move the jack) and try to rent a ground level trans jack. Always support the vehicle on good solid jack stands. If installed carefully, the only worry would be the quality of the unit you install.
Good Luck!!
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