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Old 12-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Question 5th gear gone?

Sorry, I'm new to the forum, so if I'm doing this wrong I apologize. I was driving home today, in 5th gear, and all of a sudden it was like it was in neutral? Now I do not need to push in the clutch to get the transmission in 5th, and it doesn't go in 5th gear, it just stays in neutral. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm like many others in regards to my wife not necessarily agreeing to my jeep wants. Also with the holidays coming up, this is a big kick in the pants. This jeep is my daily driver. Oh, while I'm at it. This transmission is a rebuild, not the original. 5th gear has always had a slight grind going into gear, unless the RPM's are perfect. Today though, I was actually driving along fine when 5th gear went out, not actually changing gears or messing with the gear shifter at all.

Also, if anyone knows where and what the specs are for the rear yolk, I need one. Just a heads up, I bought a universal joint from autozone, and it wasn't the right size. I went back 3 times and got the same one each time, so I assumed it was right. It was too small, so it eventually wore down the yolk. Now the universal just slides back and forth, instead of sitting in and sort of locking in like it should. So needless to say, I need a new yolk. I went to Napa, and they showed me the difference, and why theirs was so wrong.

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Old 12-03-2013, 03:49 AM   #2
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The ujoint being off center can cause damage. As for fifth gear probibly need to rebuild or replace the trans. I would start with draining the oil and see what comes out. Try avoid driving it to prevent more damage but the cheapest route would be to get a good used trans. I would sugjest replacing the clutch while you have it out.

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Old 12-03-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Do you have a 4-cyl with the stock ax5 transmission? The ax5 is NOTORIOUS for breaking some stupid little retaining clip and allowing 5th gear to slide down the end of a countershaft so it won't engage anymore.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:14 AM   #4
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Yes that is the trans I got. I didn't know when I first got it, cause of gears not being right, but 5th gear had a slight grind when this new to me transmission was put in. Took awhile to figure out, cause before I never got out of 4th gear. Anywho, I got a guy that can look at it. I just don't want to go that route if it's cheaper for me to buy this $700 rebuilt one I found.
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