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Old 04-10-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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2007 JK transfer case shift cable problem

Hi all,
I am usally in the TJ forum but I had a problem this weekend with my sons 07 JK Rubicon that I thought I would share with you all. He just got it and we desided to test the 4X4 and the lockers in a sand pit I proceeded in and everything seemed to be working until I went to take it out of 4X4 the shifter for the transfer case gave and then just flopped back and forth and we were still in 4X4. I new the shift cable had either broken or come off the shift lever so we eased back to his house and attemted to remove the console, got it loose but couldn't get it out. However i could raise it enough to see the cable and the pin on the shift lever and little pieces of white plastic everywhere.
It seems that Jeep is using delin or teflon as a bushing/retainer for the shift cable and it shattered, so off to Jeep we went to see if we could buy the bushing. To my surprise we could buy just the bushing and it was only a buck, even more surprising was that less than half way in to my describing what I needed the Parts guy opened a drawer and handed me the part. This tells me that you JK owners may want to put one of these in your spare parts kit. I think you may see more failures of this kind.
We took the bushing home and installed it on the lever shaft then I had to push on both sides of the cable connector at the same time until it clicked into place. Keep in mind that I did all this while the console was still the Jeep just raised up about 2 inches. Any way just thought I would share with you JK owners. It might save a weekend on the trails.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Great to know. Thanks

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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Broken bushing on 4WD shift

Thanks for the heads up; will be ready for the failure. I'll probably just make a metal bushing and grease everything up to save the future aggravation on the trails.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:12 PM   #4
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I've had problems with the bushing on the transfer case end, so I keep a couple of those in the glovebox, guess I'll pick up a couple for the top also. Thanks
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:41 PM   #5
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This is a known item. It is made this way to protect the transfer case. It isn't a design flaw but rather a safety feature. Maybe a inconvenient one but a safety feature none the less
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:47 PM   #6
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This is a known item. It is made this way to protect the transfer case. It isn't a design flaw but rather a safety feature. Maybe a inconvenient one but a safety feature none the less
Makes sence. I alway make sure I am on a hill & rolling ever so slowly when I shift in & out of 4x4. Prolly less than 1 mph. It goes in pretty easily, but there is still a significant amount of pressure at times. I'll be more careful & also get some spares.

Thanks all for all the info, great to know about these little quirks!!

Good job OP.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:50 PM   #7
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It happens now and again. See this thread:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/tra...ect-34713.html
Part 68064273-AA.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:00 AM   #8
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Yep, that happens a lot. Luckily, as you found, it's a cheap part everyone should keep a spare of.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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old cable?

I know this is an old thread, but do any of the JK owners that have changed your shifter linkage cable completely still have the old one hanging around anywhere? I would be willing to buy it. I am working on a PERMANENT fix for the breaking ends and I need a cable for a proto type!! Let me know!
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #10
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This is a known item. It is made this way to protect the transfer case. It isn't a design flaw but rather a safety feature. Maybe a inconvenient one but a safety feature none the less
True, but that safety feature could leave you stranded in the middle of no where if you don't know how to manually move the TC shifter arm to the mode of drive that you need. When mine broke 2 months ago I couldn't even get to it with my hand or channel locks. I looped a small peice of cord and ran it foreward along the drive shaft to an area where i could pull the cord foreward and move it lever from neutral where it was stuck, and back into 2WD. Plus, I burnt the crap out of my forearm on hot exahust pipe because the lever is jammed up between driveshaft, exahust pipes and a skid plate. A well thought out safety feature would have an accessable manual reset.
5yr drivetrain warranty will cover the fix if your 3 yr has run out.
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use your lug wrench

I was able to use the Jack handle / lug wrench to nudge the lever forward enough to slip the bushing back on.
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Sry to wake a sleeping thread. Id like to thank the OP for his informative post. I broke that same bushing and was told by a local shop that i needed to replace the whole cable assembly. Well with your info i found a bushing and saved $240. You sir need a beer!

Thank you very much! Very much appreciated.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:46 PM   #13
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I keep 5 of those bushings in my Jeep. 1 for me, and 4 for you guys! Having that part out in the wods is a great way to make friends and get free beer......
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I keep 5 of those bushings in my Jeep. 1 for me, and 4 for you guys! Having that part out in the wods is a great way to make friends and get free beer......
Hahaha I took your advice and purchased a private stash of bushings. Im ready!
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arrgh… should've read this a month ago :/ . Has any of you had any problems with the 4x4 shifter since then?? mine won't go anywhere except to 4WD …

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