Hello. The last couple weeks I've been trying to figure out a problem I have with my aw4 in my 93 xj. Just rebuild the engine and everything is fine there. Its been over the course of 5 years. The transmission worked perfect when pulled and was sealed and wrapped up out of the elements the whole time. It was taken out because of the engine failing. In getting everything ready to go after breaking in the engine I go to reverse with no results. Just the engine idle picking up slightly .Go to drive and the transmission engages as it should. After checking voltages for the solenoids and what order they should be in, checking the shift cable adjustment, neutral safty switch and so on. Everything is in good working order. The next test was disconnecting the TCU. Once I did reverse doesn't work unless you go to drive first. Then rock it to reverse and it works. Only so long as you are moving while reverse engaged. Otherwise if you stop moving it looses reverse and the motor free revs like in neutral.
I took the jeep on the road even with these problems to see what all the forward gears would do and how it would shift. Well, it shifted through all the gears and cruised at 65 with out issue. The shifts did feel pretty lazy though. After this, getting back from a actual drive I looked at the fluid level and condition. The level was right at full and no foaming.
I have chased wires, ran voltage tests, tested without the TCU to test all the gears manually. The things that make reverse happen are solenoid 1 on, overdrive clutch, direct clutch, first reverse brake, and overdrive one-way clutch. I did all the gears in manual and also put the transmission in 1-2 and start moving in 1st gear, then let off the gas to see if it brakes instead of coasts. It brakes. Shifting through all the forward gear automaticaly and doing all the manual tests tells me the transmission should be in working order.
So what am I missing? Could it be a terminal problem like O ring seals drying and craking from sitting for the 5 years. Or is it just something simple I'm over looking?
Thanks for reading