Delayed Transmission Engagement on Jeep Commander

Delayed engagement of the automatic transmission may be due to a faulty internal cooler return filter. Our technicians tell us all cooler filters with the "AB" suffix on the part number are suspect and should be replaced.

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Average mileage: 91,516 (20,018–163,186)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
3 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008
64 people reported this problem
35 people shared problem details
2008 Jeep Commander35,000
Within days of purchase of used vehicle from dealer, car failed to auto shift as I entered onto highway. No power and rpms through the roof. Limped onto breakdown lane. Shifted into neutral, then turned off car and re started. Happened 2 more times. Reported immediately to dealer. They insoectd and found "no porblems".
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Tranny feels like it is slipping during rapid acceleration, front end jumps and feels like tranny slams into 2nd gear... Only had the problem on hard acceleration, no idea as of yet if there is a problem
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD71,000
First time out for the day after reversing out of the driveway, trying to engage the Drive mode, transmission will not engage. acts as if on Netural. Most of the time shifting to Park and putting to Drive again will engage the gear. has had situations where the transmission does not shift up during acceleration. most of these happen during cold weather and it is the first time out for the day.
When first starting car, delayed engagement of transmission, and hard shifting
2007 Jeep Commander- 4WD46,000
Trans feels like its slipping and or not engaging between 1st and 2nd
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD133,000
Banging from park into drive
2006 Jeep Commander67,000
Same issue as the rest. If the vehicle is cold on start of the vehicle it will hesitate and then slam in to gear. It also slams when when ascending or descending on a large incline. recently, It has started to hesitate when hard accelerating from a stop light/sign or highway on ramp. Check engine light ignited today. This is one of many issues I have had with this vehicle since purchase a little over a year ago. The last issue resulted in a car accident while on family vacation which, took over a month to diagnose the issue and correct. Thankfully no one lost their life.
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD72,000
When I out the vehicle into drive there is a hesitation and then a boom type of sound when it engages.
2008 Jeep Commander- 4WD60,000
Exactly the same as this report. My was like this the day I drove it off the lot. It comes and goes though. Also, the 4.7L takes a while to break in until acceleration is not as slow. Much prefer the 5.7L's instant response.
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD163,186
Hard shifts into reverse, put into Drive and only registers 3rd gear.
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD90,688
While driving, car stopped without brakes being applied, shifting into gear did nothing, car would not move.
2006 Jeep Commander163,000
Had the car since 2005. First people in Maryland to have one, and even though we got an Audi a6 to replace it, still couldn't part with the car. One issue is that it seems when you start the car cold, it slips. Either in reverse or first. Revs really high before moving at all. And when going from reverse to drive, it hesitates for a second before quite violently jolting to engage the gear. Been to countless shops and even our local dealer. Each and every time we've been told that there's not a problem with the car. Hopefully I'll get a chance soon to get it looked at again.
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD98,000
Driving downhill gear will shift to neutral while driving. Even when I'm backing out of my driveway and shift tho drive it acts like it's on neutral
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD20,018
MY TRAMSNISION STARER SLEPERRY WHEN I DRIVE, KENT YOU HELP ME WHAT I KENT DO THANKS
When I first noticed something was wrong it would not move forward or backwards, had it scanned and there were 3 codes stored. First one lead to tranny, the other 2 were to a part called transmission speed control fluid sensor, I took it to the tech and he changed the tranny fluid and filters. It was better, but he did not replace the part it called for and it still slightly hesitates before it goes into gear when I first start it and when I go from a stop to go forward and when I acelerate to pass a car. I still have the part, the part number is from Napa and it is: TCS622 I wonder if that is the right part and if it might stop the hesitation.
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD137,000
Transmission seems to be slipping between 1 and 2nd gear usually after a rolling stop and when I hit the accelerator. Taking it for service and the Jeep dealership.
Slipping transmission
2007 Jeep Commander- 2WD92,000
Same problem with delayed engagement
2007 Jeep Commander- 2WD74,683
I have the same problem. Happens all the time.
2006 Jeep Commander- 4WD50,000
I too experianced problems with the 4WD Transfering on its own to 4WD as a drove. Dealer could detect why. at 9100 miles i find that i can't transfer to 4WD manually. The Dealer still has no clue.
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