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Old 05-22-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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Shifting Issues

My Jeep shifts really hard at times into 1st and 2nd and by hard I mean I pretty much punch the dash when shifting into first. Then the next time I drive things seem to shift just fine. Any Ideas????? This is my first Jeep 98 TJ, Thanks
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:47 AM   #2
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My 1997 does the exact same thing, does yours also do the clutch shutter when starting in first?

Anyways the hard shifting problem could be because you need to throw a little bit of fluid in the tranny. Check the level before you do it and see where it is at.

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Don't know about second but you should not shift into first unless you are at a complete stop. Maybe shift a little slower.
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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Have you tried double clutching?
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Mine does the same... both the intermittent hard to get into gear thing as well as the clutch shudder that comes & goes. Pulling up on the clutch pedal with the toe of my shoe seems to help the hard to get into gear thing, it's like the clutch pedal isn't returning to the top completely, causing the master cylinder not to fill completely. I figure on just replacing it all at once when something finally craps out.
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I have not tried to Double clutch and I just recently put new fluid in the trans so I will check the levels and go from there. Thanks for the ideas keep em coming.

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