Transmission overheating due to diffrent size tires, and or battery?

Asked by Feb 25, 2015 at 08:44 AM about the 2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude X 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My transmission temperature light came on a few months ago while moving from orlando to tampa. I live in florida its hot already but I have never had issues. When it happen the first time it, as a safety precaution it lower your power and you have to pull off and wait. I brought it to jeep the first time and they said nothing was wrong. I recently like this week brought it there and they said it was due to my tires being different sizes and the front more warn, and my battery had bad cold crank amps. My tires sizes are
p215 65r17 98t rear
215 65r17 99t front
would that really cause the issue or is it something else it soulds fishy to me.

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1,785

i honestly cant see either of that causing your problems in my opinion. car manufacturers have to leave a leeway between tire sizes... you cant run 2 totally different size tires but they leave enough so that tread wear and low tire pressure causes minimal effect. where i would start off with is have you ever had your transmission serviced? new fluid and filter would be a good start and a flush isnt a bad idea either, atleast flush the cooler. im thinking you have insufficient flow throughout your transmission lines including the cooler. much like a rad. if the fluid doesn't flow through the rad then it doesn't cool down.

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I went in to get it serviced and the guy told me it should be good through duration of the vehicles life. I chucked at that.

1,785

lol ya you should have shown him your owners manual. i know it used to be ever 100,000 miles your transmission should be serviced but now dealers are starting to change it to every 30,000 miles. every 30,000 miles you should have the fluid drained and a new filter put in. every 100,000 miles you should have it flushed.

I didnt even think of that. I will have to do that next time cause I am sure I will be back. Thank you for your reply

1,785

no problem hope all works out for you :)

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I just had the same problem. Did a transmission flush resolve the issue?

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This is a serious issue with the Jeep Patriot. The car is defective in the heat. I have had this problem with my Jeep Patriot for the past several years, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs, none of which resolve the issue. The issue seems to be the transmission fluid, which is nearly impossible to check because it is supposed to be for the "lifetime of the vehicle" so service centers don't check it. I am considering filing a class action lawsuit, actually.

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Right now, I am having the third transmission put in my Patriot. It went out at about 40000 miles and again at about 90000. The first time it went I was literally stuck 4 states away for a week and a half and we will see how long it takes this time. The dealer has no answers for me when asked what happens when the next one goes out and it is out of warrenty:(

All owners need to band together and file a law suit. I just bought a 2010 Compass from a local Honda Dealer. Was driving home, 3 hours from the dealer and the transmission started whining and a light came on the dash. Had to pull over and let sit 30 mins. The light went out but the Transmission still is whining.The dealer will fix it or I'll return the POS

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