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Old 08-04-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Replacing top bushing from 4WD gear selector to cable.

I just spent a lot of time trying to replace the top bushing from my 4WD shifter to the cable. I hope my experience will prove helpful to someone down the road. Several weeks ago I was driving home late, it was foggy, raining and I was on a curvy narrow 1.5 lane road. I came around a curve to find a 40 foot pine tree blocking the road. Knowing I would probably need 4WD to turn around I shifted into 4WD when I was stopped. The bushing broke, and I was in 4WD for quite a while until I figured out I could loosen the center console, slide the cable back on and shift out. I finally found and bought the last 4 $0.30 bushings at a local Jeep dealer (They said there are 11,000 on back order) and decided to fix it myself.

First of all buy several of these bushings at a dealership and keep them in your glovebox or console. It will be the best $0.30 investment you ever made!

Loosen all four large bolts to the console. You will have to slide the seats back and forth to get to them all. Then pull the parking brake as far back as possible. Use two hands. You do not have to remove the console just wedge the back of it up as high as you can. Leave the drivers door open, get on your knees, lift up the console and find the end of the cable and the post that it attaches to. DO NOT PUT THE BUSHING ON THE POST FIRST!!! BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!!!. You will not be able to get to the end of the cable to insert the bushing unless you lift it up and over a metal piece that is under the console. If I could have gotten a camera in there I would have. It is a couple of inches to the left of the end of the cable.

There is a loop on top of the bushing and it is there for a reason! Insert the bushing from the back side of the cable end so the loop is facing you. Use needle nose pliers to pull it through the cable end until it snaps in place. If the loop doesn't hold up, just use pliers to squeeze it into place. Once it is in place all you have to do is snap it onto the post and replace the four bolts.

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Do the 2012's use the same bushing?

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