|Model:||Laredo, Limited, Orvis|
|Engine:||( 6-Cyl, 4.0 Liter ) – ( V8, 5.2 Liter )|
|Drivetrain:||Two-Wheel Drive, Four-Wheel Drive|
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmissions are available. Just click the button below:
Representing a huge success for Chrysler, the Jeep Grand Cherokee continue to consolidate excellent sales in 1996 with both its 4 liter straight six cylinder and 5.2 liter V8 engine versions. And because of the significant difference in the engine power, the drive-train for each engine version had to also be different.
The ZJ Jeep Grand Cherokee has a long history as a great looking, solid and reliable vehicle and is one of Chrysler’s major success stories. At 16 years old, don’t be surprised if your 1996 model is due for some overhaul, repair and tender loving care. Providing the engine has a lot of life left in her, then you have every reason to invest in the transmission and other parts of the drive-train to return your vehicle to its former glory.
The base model 4 liter engine version of the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission was sold as a medium duty 5 speed AX-15 manual to keep the minimum cost down and under control. The alternative was the more expensive automatic transmissions which could have been either the medium duty 42RE or the AW4.
The top of the line V8 5.2 liter models of the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission used the 44RE 4 speed automatic, it being heavy duty to match the power of the 5.2 liter beast.
In effect, the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmissions were either supplied to the Jeep division by either Chrysler under trademarked brand name TorqueFlite for its models the 42RE and 44RE or by Aisin Warner’s AW4 and AX-15 models.
The 42RE was later renamed by TorqueFlite to be the Medium Duty A500, or if it came with overdrive and electronic control, the Medium Duty A998. Being built by Chrysler, it is much more common than the Aisin Warner supplied units.
The 44RE was later also renamed by TorqueFlite to be the Heavy-Duty A500 or the A999 with overdrive and electronic control. If your vehicle is 5.2 liters, then you have this model transmission.
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Transmission system basically operated around Medium Duty construction for the 4 liter vehicles and Heavy Duty for the beefy 5.2 liter models.
Any problems experienced with 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee transmission system mostly relate to the general issues of normal wear and tear, proper maintenance not being attended to and general abuse.
Transmissions have their moving parts which require the correct lubricant to extend their lives, and regular adjustment of the bands (on automatic models) to ensure that they don’t slip and eventually burn out.
Many things can go wrong with a vehicle when you are off-road, and you’ll still get home no problems at all. But poor attention to making sure that all parts of the drive-train should never be ignored, as it can be a long and dangerous walk home if you are ever stranded by a total breakdown.
Certainly there are many a mechanically minded person will to install their own new rebuilt transmission, but few would ever undertake to do a rebuild as it truly is a specialist skill. Most people in fact elect to drive away with the rebuilt transmission fully installed and covered by comprehensive warranty.