Cherokee SRT8 Trashes Its Tranny

January 28, 2009

Trashing a tranny ain't pretty. It'll either land a few nasty Lee Press-On gashes in your forehead or, in the case of the hapless owner of a Grand Cherokee SRT8 who decided to rat out his motor to a staggering 921 rear-wheel horsepower, metal shrapnel and ATF spewing from the transmission tunnel at startling velocities. See what can happen when you more than double your ride's original hp rating?

Surprisingly, this Grand Cherokee was not in a stump-pulling contest or tearing up the quarter mile when the mishap occurred: rather, they claim it was idling softly with the gear selector in park. However it went down, it must've been pretty exciting judging by the pictures (though no injuries were reported). You can bet Jeep ain't even gonna think about warranty service, though Chrysler transmissions don't exactly have the best reliability record in the industry.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Transmission

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Rednecks and and shade-tree import tuners across the land seem to forget that transmissions are designed around the power of their stock engines. Just imagine feeding, say, 100 hp through the chains and sprockets on your Schwinn: "snap, crackle, pop." The same goes for those who decide to bolt on a turbo or supercharger without beefing up engine internals, in which case destructive pinging and even connecting rod damage often follow.

[source: Modern Muscle Forums, via Edmunds Inside Line, via Carscoop]

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