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Customer brought in his 03 Jeep Liberty 3.7 4x4 with no reverse and slipping in forward gears. Transmission fluid looked like black coffee. 180k, we put a new transmission in. Now it slams into gear has no reverse and grinds going into park. Makes a terrible rattling noise in reverse. Feels good in drive. After checking the linkages and connectors and fluid ATF+4 we pulled the tranny back out and everything looks OK, torque converter was installed properly, nothing looks broken. Called the company, asked for help, and and they are sending another rebuilt unit. I am going to put the new one in but I have a funny feeling it's not going to go as smooth as I'd like, Mitchell says a quick relearn procedure must be done with a DRBIII. Nothing on identifix or on the Jeep forums. I admit I might have fallen off the turnip truck a few times but I never heard of a tranny not working in Park and Reverse due to a computer issue. Shift points I can understand, but Park? Usually limp mode is P/R/N/ and one forward gear. Maybe the rebuilder forgot something when he assembled it, that's all I can hope for. For the record we used this company for years with no problems. Anyone seen this?

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