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Old 11-07-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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I've been mechanically lucky with my 92 YJ until this past weekend. I purchased this gem a few months ago and was told it had a rebuilt tranny (he lied and the number is conveniently disconnected).

Here's what happened, when shifting from 3rd down to 2nd--it was suddenly stuck in multiple gears and immobile. Even the engine locked up. We opened it up and my buddy used a long screw driver to push the mechanism around (can you tell I am NOT a mechanic). It finally started shifting again. I drove it out to his place 25 miles away for body work, and parked it in reverse (the emergency brake doesn't work).

We changed the tranny fluid (it was black and metallic!).

After a few hours of body work, when I attempted to leave, no go into gears again. This time it was stuck in reverse. We attempted the screwdriver trick, but what eventually set it free was driving it in reverse around his acreage. He recommended no longer parking it in reverse, and not shifting to neutral until it's started.

Any ideas? Am I looking at a new transmission? Do you think changing the fluid will help it last awhile?

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Old 11-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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If you have someone who can help you swap the transmission that is what I would do.

What motor and trans do you have?

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #3
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2.5, 4 cyl
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I've been mechanically lucky with my 92 YJ until this past weekend. I purchased this gem a few months ago and was told it had a rebuilt tranny (he lied and the number is conveniently disconnected).

Here's what happened, when shifting from 3rd down to 2nd--it was suddenly stuck in multiple gears and immobile. Even the engine locked up. We opened it up and my buddy used a long screw driver to push the mechanism around (can you tell I am NOT a mechanic). It finally started shifting again. I drove it out to his place 25 miles away for body work, and parked it in reverse (the emergency brake doesn't work).

We changed the tranny fluid (it was black and metallic!).

After a few hours of body work, when I attempted to leave, no go into gears again. This time it was stuck in reverse. We attempted the screwdriver trick, but what eventually set it free was driving it in reverse around his acreage. He recommended no longer parking it in reverse, and not shifting to neutral until it's started.

Any ideas? Am I looking at a new transmission? Do you think changing the fluid will help it last awhile?
nope,changing the fluid won't help that..
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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Suddenly my worn synchros sound pretty good.... New to Jeeps here but that doesn't sound like a lubrication problem at all.... Thats major league mechanical problem....
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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Your looking at a full rebuild or replacement.
Check Craigslist for AX5 or just Jeep YJ Transmission. More often than not someone will be parting out a wrecked jeep or a V8 Jeep project. Many time you'll see Engine, Transmission combos. If the price is right I'd grab that. Then you'll have a spare engine. Or you can bundle the bad transmission with the included engine and sell them as good engine bad trans... You have many more options as well. Thats just what I would do

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