OK .... so today I took the '98 Trooper to the mechanic and we put it up on the lift to check tranny fluid. It has only been a few hundred miles since the fluid change.
What a strange way to have to check fluid level!
Engine running in park, then remove the higher of the two drain plugs in the bottom of the pan. Fluid ran out. It was a nice red and did not smell burnt.
NOTE TO SELF : If fluid was draining out, that would say to me that it may have been somewhat over full.
I asked about the possible high level and he said "that would not make reverse quit working." I wonder how concerned I should be about high level as these things don't even have a dipstick tube to blow any extra out?
He also plugged a scanner into the connection port at the left of the dash board and tested for any codes. No codes!
So ..... I have good trans fluid, the level is full+, the dash gear selector works fine, the back up lights come on in reverse, and when shifted to reverse, you can hear/feel it engage ....... but no go backwards!
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