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Old 12-03-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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4-wheel shifter went limp...help

First snow with the Jeep and after shifting 4WH on and off a few times, my shifter went limp. In 2WD now.

I can pull the knob all the way up and down with no resistance. It's broke. Nothing there. Any thoughts?

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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You broke the plastic bushing on the TC linkage.

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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You broke the plastic bushing on the TC linkage.
Thanks. Easy fix?
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:12 AM   #4
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You broke the plastic bushing on the TC linkage.
OK, now that I have something to search for, hopefully this will help somebody else:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/no...eel-99139.html
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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Yes. It broke on my 2009 and thanks to this forum I found it was a very easy, and cheap, fix. It took all of five minutes and $2 to fix. The hardest part fixing it was getting my hand to bend the right way. I even got two additional pieces just in case it happens on the trail. I got the part from the dealer. I'll see if I can find the part number for u.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:17 AM   #6
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Thanks. Easy fix?
Yep and cheap. Keep a bunch in your glovebox
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #7
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Subscribed for the part number. Was heading to dealer today anyways so may as well pick up a few.
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subscribed for the part number. Was heading to dealer today anyways so may as well pick up a few.
p/n 68064273-aa
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You can fix it yourself. If it's broken at the transfer case it's a pretty easy fix, just real tight quarters. If it's broken at the shifter then u need to remove the console, which is kind of a PITA. Just FYI your 5 year drivetrain warranty covers it if you don't want to repair it yourself. But I did grab a few spare parts when I had it in for repair.
You'll need to be a little more gentle when using the 4wd shifter.
You're lucky it broke in 2wd. Mine broke in neutral.
If it happens on the trail you can shift it manually by crawling underneath and shifting the lever backwards into 4wd with channel locks. But if you want it in 2wd I found it best to loop a piece of cord around the lever, run the cord foreword past the exhaust pipe and pull the cord foreword to easily move it into 2wd.
Get some retainer clips along with the bushings. Mine broke at the shifter but the backlash knocked the retainer clip off the TC linkage and was lost.
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I found them for $2.36 online but nearly $11 for shipping. I think I'll swing by my local dealer and see what their price is. Hopefully, I'll never need them but seems like a good thing to have an extra one or two laying around.
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I found them for $2.36 online but nearly $11 for shipping. I think I'll swing by my local dealer and see what their price is. Hopefully, I'll never need them but seems like a good thing to have an extra one or two laying around.
Picked mine up today. $2.95. Picked up 2.
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You can fix it yourself. If it's broken at the transfer case it's a pretty easy fix, just real tight quarters. If it's broken at the shifter then u need to remove the console, which is kind of a PITA. Just FYI your 5 year drivetrain warranty covers it if you don't want to repair it yourself. But I did grab a few spare parts when I had it in for repair.
You'll need to be a little more gentle when using the 4wd shifter.
You're lucky it broke in 2wd. Mine broke in neutral.
If it happens on the trail you can shift it manually by crawling underneath and shifting the lever backwards into 4wd with channel locks. But if you want it in 2wd I found it best to loop a piece of cord around the lever, run the cord foreword past the exhaust pipe and pull the cord foreword to easily move it into 2wd.
Get some retainer clips along with the bushings. Mine broke at the shifter but the backlash knocked the retainer clip off the TC linkage and was lost.
I'll look into the retainer clips, thanks. Unfortunately, I bought a used 2009 with a non-transferrable lifetime warranty...so not covered.
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I would check on that. I think the Chrysler 5 yr drivetrain stays in force even after the vehicle's sold. It's totally independent of the lifetime bumper to bumper.
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TC needs

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TC needs




This post made me spit out my Mountain Dew.
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TC needs

Well, it is also 6° in Tahoe today so....
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To wrap this thread up, I had the problem repaired in South Lake Tahoe at Tahoe Four Wheel Drive. Great service, I was actually there for a smog check but I asked if they could take a look.

They were busy, but with an incoming storm the manager fit me in. Turns out when the PO had the ARB (front) air locker installed, they reconnected the shifter linkage wrong (backwards?). There was slack and that caused the linkage to come loose. Not sure if I'm explaining this correctly, but that was the gist of it. I gave the mechanic an extra $20 tip for beer money, or whatever.

So the plastic bushing didn't actually break. I have some on order for future insurance now that I know about this issue.
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Picked mine up today. $2.95. Picked up 2.
They used to be about $0.60...then the price went up a year or two ago. I have a couple stashed in my glove box as well.

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