2005 LJ 42RLE makes a ratchet sound when first put drive and reverse

G Crawford

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Apr 9, 2023
Scenic AZ
My 2005 with an automatic transmission 42rle sounds like a ratchet when first put into gear (drive and reverse) but after that it shifts fine. There is no codes showing and there are no metal shavings in the transmission pan. I'm looking few a few words of wisdom. Is this normal for the transmission or is an overhaul needed?
Thank for the comments. Yes it's the transmission. When shifting from Park to Reverse, then through Neutral to Drive. The ratchet sound is only for a few seconds in the gear selected. It's like that transmission is searching for the gear selected then once found it stops. Other the the ratchet sound the transmission work like it should.
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