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Old 08-30-2010, 08:48 PM   #1
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Pullings trans but can't get shift lever off

My nephews 00 Wrangler needs second gear synchros but I can't get past the shift lever. It's obvious it comes apart just above the transmission but I'm not sure how it disconnects. The transmission is about ready to come out save a couple of bellhousing bolts and it hasn't been too bad of a job except for the metic/english thing. Too many of each.

Oh yeah, what's a good source for manual trans parts?

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Old 08-30-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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If you are talking about the gear shifter, you have to access it from inside the Jeep. Remove the console, the outer boot, the inner boot, and then you will see how the shifter is attached to the top of the tranny. 4 bolts if I remember correctly.

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Old 08-30-2010, 10:02 PM   #3
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Since the shaft is 2 pieces, I assumed you could separate it beneath the floorpan and not have to mess with the console, boot, etc but if I must, I must. Thanks
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:36 PM   #4
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It seems all of the Wrangler transmissions have shifters that can be difficult to remove when the transmission is still installed. My '97 had the AX-15 manual tranny and after way too many hours of frustration, I finally got the shifter off from underneath. It was a royal PITA. Getting the shifter back into place after reinstalling the transmission after completing the clutch job was not much easier. The shifter used a push-down/twist-lock retainer that was very difficult to manipulate from underneath with both arms wrapped up & around the transmission to get to it.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:38 AM   #5
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my dad and i dropped my tranny and had very little trouble taking the shifter out. i pushed the shifter ring down and he twisted it. took us 5 mins. same process to get it in, no trouble. not to mention hes beena mechanic for over 30 years and has a nice lift in his garage clutch job cost me 150 bucks, some yard work, and helping him out a lot.
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