Originally Posted by Smashbox
Changed the fluid without success
Thanks for the reply! Anybody know about this one..
Being new to a manual.. I'm curious... If for example.. I am driving in 4th gear and I press and hold in the clutch and shift to any gear..say 2nd gear or 1st gear while still holding the clutch (but going to fast for that gear)... Should anything happen? I was used to doing this on my motorcycle so I did it the first day I had the jeep and it made a grinding sound before I quickly adjusted it back to a proper gear. Is this normal? Or can you not coast in any gear as long as the clutch is in?
Nothing will happen as long as you have the clutch in. If you attempt to downshift from 4th to 2nd when you're not at the right speed you could damage the engine. But you really shouldn't be lugging it so low in 4th gear that shifting to 2nd wouldn't cause the rpms to shoot up.
If you do accidentally downshift into the wrong gear, don't worry about it, if you notice it and correct it by pushing the clutch in and putting it in the right gear, you should be okay (I've done that before and the high-whirling of the rpms always get my attention lol). I wouldn't recommend making a habit of it though because eventually it will damage the engine/transmission/clutch.
If you're having a grinding sound with your transmission when you shift, when you give it gas, when you're idling, any time it makes an unpleasant noise, you should really take it in to get looked at, there's something loose in the transmission if it's making noise.
Now, mine was rattling whenever I was idling, and I asked my brother was the dealio was and he told me it was the compressor, so it was nothing to worry about. He had two duelly diesels (dodges) and they do the same thing, so I was a little proud of my little Jeep. .
Also, the grinding noise that I think you're talking about is also called 'grinding a gear', it'll happen when the clutch thinger doesn't match up with the gear thinger right and it literally grinds away at the clutch, or the gear thinger. . . I forgot what the terms are but definitely try to avoid grinding the gears. I know the Jeep has sychronizors so it makes it a lot easier to shift it into gear. I used to drive a car that had really bad sycnhronizors so I didn't even need to use the clutch to shift. lol
There's a picture of all the gears, the clutch will literally grind on those.
I'll grind a gear occasionally when I try to shift into reverse, it's very close to 5th gear.