So I am trying to fix my 229 I took out and was wondering how hard a task I am getting into. In a nutshell, when it broke down I drove for about 45min highway, went onto a rural road down a hill and started back up the other side and lost power. 2WD whole time. In any gear other than park (including neutral) it would make a loud rattling-gear noise inside the case. Got it home and when I pulled it found out previous owner had neglected fluid level and only one I hadn't checked yet (first 4wd--didn't realize), but the fluid that did come out was about enough for 3 tablespoons and thick/black with what looks like bits of chain. Someone told me it may have just run dry and slipped out of gear. It shifts fine by hand, no noise and seems tight out of the truck and acts like that was what happened. Is this possible? Only had about 103k on it.
What should I look for, and is there a recommended manual for the 229? I would plan on at least a kit with a new chain and seals.
I had a transmission shop offer to buy it for the core but I am thinking if it isn't impossible it may be worth my time to fix and keep as a spare if my used model I bought ever dies. We didn't talk $$, but what is a core usually worth? This could play into my choice if anyone has an idea.
Thanks in advance. James
1988 GW stock (work in progress)
2003 GC Laredo (family car)
Thought it would be simple, forgot it was a Jeep.