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Old 08-05-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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2004 TJ Unlimited Auto Trans

Hello and good day

Have shifter problems.

It was stuck and I tried to force it.
It moves freely now, but does not actually shift out of park.

I think I've broke it. I removed the plastic cover
between the bucket seats to see what was going on.

Seems like I might have broken the steel cable.
Is that possible? I'm sure I could get a new cable
but I can't tell what the cable is doing at the transmission end.
Something must be corroded at the transmission that is
causing the shifter to lockup.

Any ideas??

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Old 08-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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Look underneath there is a mount that hold the linkage rod in you may have bent it or popped it out.

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Old 08-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:00 AM   #4
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Sounds like the linkage popped off under the selector. Pop off the trim piece around the shifter and look where the linkage attaches to the guide. There should be a bushing. My bushing had been split for a while and finally fell out. You can do a temp fix with a zip tie by slipping the cable on the stud and wrapping a zip tie around it. If you can find your split bushing (probably under the assembly) then you can pop that in to help hold it with the zip tie till you can get a replacement. When I replace mine I will probably still zip tie it in place.
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks much for the diagram!!

I replaced the cable and loosened up the linkage so far.

Problem now is that it wont shift into Park.

Item number 7 shown in your diagram seems like it may
be the only way to adjust the cable position.


Does any one have instructions to adjust the linkage?

Thank you for your time.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
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My Service manual is 2005-TJ-SM, Check here : Index of /manuals/Jeep/TJ

There are 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005 SM,
I can not find 2004-TJ-SM
Maybe you can reference the 2005 version or google 2004 version.

There is online manual : Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories, Jeep Soft Tops at Morris 4x4 Center

choice vehicle=unlimited; year=2003-2006;
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:52 PM   #7
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My Service manual is 2005-TJ-SM, Check here : Index of /manuals/Jeep/TJ

There are 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005 SM,
I can not find 2004-TJ-SM
Maybe you can reference the 2005 version or google 2004 version.

There is online manual : Jeep Parts, Jeep Accessories, Jeep Soft Tops at Morris 4x4 Center

choice vehicle=unlimited; year=2003-2006;
Thanks Kevin!

Finally was able to adjust that shift cable. I couldn't find anything in the manual that made sense. Only said something about using a 1 mm shim.
But from the wording in the manual, I couldn't figure it out.
But I did find a nut to loosen on the side of the shifter. Then I could move the shifter to the right position and re-tighten the nut. Now at least the "P-R-N-D-1-2 correspond to the correct position. I'll see tomorrow if it will start.
Seems that if it sits for a while, I have to crawl underneath and tap on the
shift lever to get it to start. Must be some neutral/park safety switch somewhere that needs adjustment. Does that sound right?
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Did you eliminate cause of white plastic bushing that holds shift cable to the transmission linkage pin?
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Common problems with that tranny is the nylon bushings at the transmission/cable connection.
Also the plastic rod inside your shift lever is prone to breaking. It is for the shift interlock.
If it is broken, you will not be able to shift out of park. Or, into park or 1st gear, if it breaks while moving. Easy fix without having to buy the whole shift assembly the dealer will recommend...with the same weak plastic rod.

Here is a couple write ups for those problems.

Can't shift into Park or 1st Gear - JeepForum.com
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Common problems with that tranny is the nylon bushings at the transmission/cable connection.
Also the plastic rod inside your shift lever is prone to breaking. It is for the shift interlock.
If it is broken, you will not be able to shift out of park. Or, into park or 1st gear, if it breaks while moving. Easy fix without having to buy the whole shift assembly the dealer will recommend...with the same weak plastic rod.

Here is a couple write ups for those problems.

Can't shift into Park or 1st Gear - JeepForum.com
Help!! Automatic Won't Go Into Gear! - JeepForum.com
Thank you for reply. Shifting is good so far. And it started up this morning
with no problem, so perhaps the cable adjustment helped.
Will keep fingers crossed.

I have a few other questions if you have time. Every time I change oil, I have problems removing the oil filler cap on the valve cover to get the new oil in.
It just wont budge. If I'm remembering correctly, last time I had to wait for the engine to cool down before I could get the filler cap off.
Is this normal?
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Thank you for reply. Shifting is good so far. And it started up this morning
with no problem, so perhaps the cable adjustment helped.
Will keep fingers crossed.

I have a few other questions if you have time. Every time I change oil, I have problems removing the oil filler cap on the valve cover to get the new oil in.
It just wont budge. If I'm remembering correctly, last time I had to wait for the engine to cool down before I could get the filler cap off.
Is this normal?
I have never had a problem with mine. I have heard of people having problems, from what I have read on these forums.
Sometimes they break off leaving part of it stuck to the valve cover.

I just never tighten mine past snug.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:24 PM   #12
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Shift cable broken again

Hello and good day to all.

Started Jeep this morning, tried to shift to drive and nothing happened. The shifter cable is broken again in the same spot! It had been working fine up until today.
It doesn't make sense why a new cable would break so soon.
It is broken in the same spot as before. Inside the vehicle under the plastic shifter
housing. The cable breaks right where the cable is crimped into metal attachment arm
that connects to the shift lever.

Anyone know how to solve this problem?

Thank you for your time.

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