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Old 07-08-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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Notchy shifts from 1-2 and 2-3, manual trans

Hey all. New here, 1st, maybe 2nd post.

2004 TJ 2.4 5 speed 11k miles. Yes that's correct only 11k miles.

Anywho, Did a search and found nothing. When the trans is cold (as in not up to operating temperature) when I shift out of 1st into 2nd and from 2nd into 3rd it almost feels like a slight grind. More of a click or clunk I suppose. Hence my title of "notchy" Going from 3rd to 4th and so on is smooth and as it should feel. Again this is MORE apparent when the trans is cold. It does seem to mellow out after 15 mins of driving or so. Is this normal??? This is my 1st Jeep so please be patient with me.

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I have a very similar issue. It was recommended to me that I try changing the t-case fluid to resolve this. Although, my jeep currently has 105k miles on it, not only 11k. Under regular use, you shouldn't have to do this until (me thinks)
30k miles, but if you (or a previous owner) has been driving through some steep water, this may be a possibility.

Just a guess. Good luck.

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I have a very similar issue. It was recommended to me that I try changing the t-case fluid to resolve this. Although, my jeep currently has 105k miles on it, not only 11k. Under regular use, you shouldn't have to do this until (me thinks)
30k miles, but if you (or a previous owner) has been driving through some steep water, this may be a possibility.

Just a guess. Good luck.
I will give that a shot however the Jeep never even saw rain or snow let alone any steep water prior to my purchase. It was never off roaded. Just owned by some one who used it for an occasional top down cruiser a couple of times per year on nice days. I purchased it this year (2010) in April with 8217 and it has done it since day one that I've had it.
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I have a 2000 4 cyl. 5 speed. 100,000 miles. Never off-road. Mine does the same thing. I have always kept up with the fluid changes. I just changed the trans fluid to REDLINE. It is still there. From what I have read, there are a lot of people with the same thing. I just take my time shifting, and it is fine.
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At least it is not the NSG370 6 spd(05+). Those have all kinds of problems plaguing them. Might be clutch issues? I have no clue, because at 11K, it should be almost like new.
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I have a 2000 4 cyl. 5 speed. 100,000 miles. Never off-road. Mine does the same thing. I have always kept up with the fluid changes. I just changed the trans fluid to REDLINE. It is still there. From what I have read, there are a lot of people with the same thing. I just take my time shifting, and it is fine.
Really? I was hoping it was one of those "Jeep things" with this trans. It's an AWESOME vehicle.


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At least it is not the NSG370 6 spd(05+). Those have all kinds of problems plaguing them. Might be clutch issues? I have no clue, because at 11K, it should be almost like new.
Thats what my thoughts were too. It literally looked like it came off the show room floor. Not even a spec of dirt on the frame when I bought it. The drums and rotors had surface rust as best. SUPER clean.
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Mine does the same thing. There was a thread on here about a year ago about it. Someone had posted that there was a specific cause and it was repairable but I don't remember anybody getting it done. I find when it is cold I shift slow at low rpm's and it is smooth then get a little more aggressive after it warms up. Search the TJ thread back through 09 and you will find thread.
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Mine does the same thing. There was a thread on here about a year ago about it. Someone had posted that there was a specific cause and it was repairable but I don't remember anybody getting it done. I find when it is cold I shift slow at low rpm's and it is smooth then get a little more aggressive after it warms up. Search the TJ thread back through 09 and you will find thread.
Actually the funny thing is that my issue actually seems to improve with higher RPM's. This morning it was barely even noticeable at any RPM. I dunno, Its not getting any worse so.......... Maybe just leave a sleeping dog lie?

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