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Old 07-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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I think the gear shifter just broke

No idea if Something slipped in there again, as you can tell I have no cover over the opening anymore (If anyone could tell me what it's called and where I could get a cheap part) I would appreciate it, as jeep quoted me 200 bucks...

There's all kinds of sweet things down there.

At any rate. Just got in to run to the store and all was fine. When I came out I noticed that it wasn't sticking but more "sliding" into gear. I tried to sit for a bit and shift it and it didn't seem to want to connect to the right groove even though I knew what gear I was in, And the dash lit up the correct gear... Ughhh... So don't need another thing breaking out of nowhere. I needed to take it apart anyway to get all the goodies that have been down in there for years. My question is, how do I take the shell off. Is it underneath the plastic rivet on the side?

Right now I'm in drive and was cruising and looked down and noticed it was almost as if it was in second or first gear. As if it slid down there.

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Old 07-21-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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Now when i put it in park, While not all the way flush, My key won't come out and it's as if it's still on and now my battery is going to drain. Fml..

Look at the book and there are no instructions for taking the panel off and up or at least up to see if anything is jammed in there

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See that small panel next to ur overdrive switch...remove it with a small screwdriver. And it gets pretty self explanatory from there. It should release the stuck shifter

My sister had the same problem with her Lexus. Her shifter was also stuck.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:09 PM   #4
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Thank you. Yes I read that in the manual, however it doesn't seem to be stuck as in will not move at all. It moves it just doesn't seem to be catching is what I was saying. For instance drive actually shows up when I put the shift there in 2 Wheel Dr. Meaning they are not aligned. Want to go to put it in park it's not going all the way up. To the point of being able to actually turn the ignition all the way backwards to take out the key even though the engine is being shut down. Trying to figure out how to take the top off so I can get in there to see if something is wedged stuck or what is going on
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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Well I just managed to take the key out. While in park I just pushed the lock button and Gave it a firm push forward and heard a little click :o But I really need to take off the cover to see if anything fell in there
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Understand that this is a "guess" but it is based on experience....IMO your entire center console has "shifted or moved". and there are "things inside that are causing interference with the shifter and console and shift interlock/ key removal.

Best I got for you is to remove and clean the center console area and lightly lube all moving parts, clean any electrical contacts and start over...understand that it is part of the problem of taking off/ out center console. I would remove all non essential console parts, rubber pads in cup holders, things inside center console and check in the back where passenger cup holders are. Jeep likes to "hide" fasteners, than I would look and see what needs to be removed from what to get everything out and start at step one of clean and realign center console......If you run into a bunch of wires that make you nervous than stop. Things are a lot easier on my TJ than a JK, but the basics SHOULD be the same IMO.

Don't forget the little panel removal at the front already mentioned by dawhitesjku.
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Understand that this is a "guess" but it is based on experience....IMO your entire center console has "shifted or moved". and there are "things inside that are causing interference with the shifter and console and shift interlock/ key removal.

Best I got for you is to remove and clean the center console area and lightly lube all moving parts, clean any electrical contacts and start over...understand that it is part of the problem of taking off/ out center console. I would remove all non essential console parts, rubber pads in cup holders, things inside center console and check in the back where passenger cup holders are. Jeep likes to "hide" fasteners, than I would look and see what needs to be removed from what to get everything out and start at step one of clean and realign center console......If you run into a bunch of wires that make you nervous than stop. Things are a lot easier on my TJ than a JK, but the basics SHOULD be the same IMO.

Don't forget the little panel removal at the front already mentioned by dawhitesjku.
I'm trying to remove the panel but it looks like I have to Unbolt that right bolt on the right side to do so. But I think you are correct. It seems like everything just shifted out of nowhere. Going to look on YouTube. Thanks
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i found this link here and it sounds like more than I thought or wanted to 'take on'. ugh... I just hate the thought of jeep taking a look and charging me an arm and leg or telling me it's something that it is not. More so... I know there are alot of goodies that fell in there (probably where my old wedding ring landed) and not giving back what they do find. Kind of wanted to get in there myself :-/

Also... if anyone can tell me the 'name' of that part i'm missing as you can see near the shifter, would appreciate it

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[QUOTE=jp2611;3987002]Understand that this is a "guess" but it is based on experience....IMO your entire center console has "shifted or moved". and there are "things inside that are causing interference with the shifter and console and shift interlock/ key removal.

Lol maybe it's a couple of dollars worth of change down there??
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Wise a.. :-) Over the course of almost 7 years, I can guarantee a lot more than a couple of dollars :-) probably or hopefully the cost of the repair..

But no one has mentioned what that little part is called :-)
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Wise a.. :-) Over the course of almost 7 years, I can guarantee a lot more than a couple of dollars :-) probably or hopefully the cost of the repair..

But no one has mentioned what that little part is called :-)
IDK the name of that part...but would be tempted to make one out of a small piece of rubber and velcro it to top of console to keep things out of the inside...........I also peaked at the instructions on the removal of center console....you MAY be able to raise it and block it in place and use a shop vac and flashlight to clean things out in there....with out fully removing it.......
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IDK the name of that part...but would be tempted to make one out of a small piece of rubber and velcro it to top of console to keep things out of the inside...........I also peaked at the instructions on the removal of center console....you MAY be able to raise it and block it in place and use a shop vac and flashlight to clean things out in there....with out fully removing it.......
GREAT idea!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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It goes in monday for the sputter at idle. GOD i only hope it's nothing bad

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