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Old 10-26-2007, 12:18 AM   #1
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clicking and clacking transmission, stuck in reverse, shifter feels like neutral

first off, thanks for reading and hello to everyone and all that.

i have a 1995 jeep wranger yj, 4 cl, 5 speed manual. 190k. engine is fine and runs good.

i was driving on the hyway one day and was going 70 mph and had my radio on and turned it off to hear a loud clacking and when i slowed down felt it also about as hard as some one hitting the trany with a hammer while i was inside driving. i could feel it in the shifter as well and the cab and in the pedals.

pulled over looked listened nothing i could figure out. it drove fine beyond that except the noise and feeling stopped in the thrid gear is seemed very weird that the noise and tapping feeling stopped only in third gear. took it home could not figure out a thing asked around. i assume that my gears are messed up somehow but it shifted and had good power as always.

thought i could be the clutch since it was grinding in reverse occasionally.

pulled the trany down, i had a issue with the shifter and dust boot because the haynes and chiltons manuals explanations of shift lever removal were very different then my shifter so i pulled the four bolts off and pulled the whole shifter off the top of the transmission. (what i wonder is how it ended up in reverse from neutral perhaps when i seperated the transmission slightly to redo the seal.)then i replaced the clutch and resurfaced the flywheel. the main seal on the trany was leaking and this it was the time to fix it. so i unbolted it and slid it in the middle and resealed it with some rv sealant. put her back together and low and behold it was in reverse some how, the shifter acts like it is in neutral but it is actually in reverse, the clacking and tapping feeling was still there and it does not shift at all. it only goes in reverse in 4 low and the 4x4 shifter should only be moved unless in neutral.

at this point i figure drop the tranny out and take her to a shop for some work. because i assume that for me to take the transmission appart would require me to have a micrometer to fix anything or change any gears or bearings.

now it is possible that the shifter is the problem since she has power and was shifting fine beyond they clutch issue. i am thinking that i could save my self some money if i have a clue what is the real problem if i have to take her to a shop and if i can fix it my self i will.

i just to not want to get in over my head if i have to dismantle the transmission and need some serious skills with a micrometer and exact measurements and serious fine tuning. for instance i am a hair off and destroy something. that is the last thing i want to do. the chiltons does not have any diagrams on the inside of the transmisson but the haynes does. i have heard for years that haynes manuals are not as detailed and chiltons are better. i feel that they are just different nad what one has the other does not have as far as photos or directions.

all i know is there is no way i made things worse in reality, all though it is refusing to shift in to any gear, stays in reverse and only drives in 4 low.


what what do you all think of my situation? any clues? suggestions? additional questions?

thanks in advance.
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Old 10-27-2007, 04:54 PM   #2
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i'm sorta confused..it will only shift into reverse-'if you put it into 4lo'? it won't shift in 2hi? forward or reverse? i guess what i am asking is..in 2wheel drive (the t-case) will your tranny shift into any gear? ~fly

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Old 10-28-2007, 12:40 AM   #3
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i'm sorta confused..it will only shift into reverse-'if you put it into 4lo'? it won't shift in 2hi? forward or reverse? i guess what i am asking is..in 2wheel drive (the t-case) will your tranny shift into any gear? ~fly
i am sorry english is not my first language . i am a military brat that grew up in germany nad the upper michigan.

before i removed the transmission it shifted fine in all gears and in 4 hi and low and 2 wheel drive. now that i have put the transmission back in it is not shifting at all. it has to be in 4 low to drive in reverse. if it is in 4 high or 2 wheel drive it is not moving (like it is in neutral).

so bascially it will not shift at all. it seems stuck in reverse and only moves in 4 low..
i am sorry about that.. thanks...
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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ok i it figured out a bolt was not tightened down on the lever to shift from 4 wheel drive to 2 wheel drive.



so now she is now in stuck in reverse and she will not shift at all at this point.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #5
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Have you pulled yur shifter back out and made sure the ball is in its socket? And made sure the 4wd lever is properly bolted with all 4 bolts tight? I just recently put a tranny in mine... Lol. Aaaand gotta do it again, bad luck with a used tranny lol!
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