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Old 09-29-2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hard to change Gears

Hey everybody,
When i drive the jeep, it is sometimes hard to pass Gears, especially 1st and 2nd. It is not VERY HARD, but well it does require a more important effort than other gears.

I heard a big CLUNK one time, but i think it was my fault, releasing the clutch too soon in an uphill start.
Otherwise, i heard a grinding noise one time when downshiftting from 3rd to 2nd, but maybe i did it too fast and maybe the plates did not had the time to synchronise.

The previous manual cars i drove where a skoda fabia, a BMW 318 and a Renault Mégane, and it was more smooth.

So, is this normal for a jeep? When i had it checked before buying it at Jeep's service center, they told me the transmission was good and had no problem.

Thank you in advance for your answers

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Old 09-29-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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RE: Hard to change gears

I have the same problem with my '06 Wrangler. I asked a couple of my fellow owners, and they assured me it was a pretty standard thing across all Wranglers. I don't recall it being a problem with my '01 though. I'd be interested to see some other responses...



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Old 09-29-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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Its a truck transmission, they aren't known for being especially smooth, you can try some new fluid (syncromesh has a good reputation). But in reality, these are just clunky transmissions. I find myself shifting too fast for mine as well. Its terribly hard coming from the lightswitch like throw of my other car...but I'm getting better at remembering this is not a sportscar
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:03 PM   #4
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is it a p[ain in the ass to change ur tranny fluid? About how long does it take and about how does it cost? What fluid(s) do you recomend?
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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on my 98 (2.4) i have no problems shifting gear smoothly (except reverse that sometimes take some work to engage).
i never look at it on the jeep but on motorcycles, just a change of fluid (master cylinder) and cleaning the slave cylinder and "piston" help a lot.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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I have a 2000 wrangler and I have the same problem shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. All the articles I have read have basically told me that it is pretty normal to have difficulty with smooth shifting.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:37 PM   #7
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Never have a problem shifting mine.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:31 PM   #8
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pilot bearing hanging up...usually don't notice in higher gears...reverse is usually worse
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:13 PM   #9
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pilot bearing hanging up...usually don't notice in higher gears...reverse is usually worse
Reverse can be very challenging in my 98 TJ... How do you fix the Pilot bearing?

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