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Old 07-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #1
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Snapped the cable for the 4WD shifter yesterday. Just pulled the boat off the ramp in 4 low and was stopped with the transmission in neutral, shifted out of 4 lo hit neutral and then pop, the shift lever had no tension what so ever and moved freely back and forth. Not only had the cable broke but the plastic ring on the linkage end had also come off the lever post.
I was unable to move the lever on the transfer case by hand because it's a very small area next to the drive shaft and it takes a fair amt of force to move it.
So the wife towed the boat then me home. Then I got the idea of using a peice of cord with a small loop in it. I slipped the loop over the post on the xfer case lever, ran it foreward along the driveshaft and pulled it and managed to move the lever foreward into 2wd. Now I am able to drive the Jeep. A 3 ft peice of parachute cord is now standard equipment in the jeep tool box.
I try to be as gentle as possible, because i know the nylon plastic connector at the end of the linkage is a weak "link".
Anybody have any tips for easing the shifter between 4 hi lo and 2wd?

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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It is designed to break to prevent you from damaging your TC. If it broke then you were forcing it beyond it's threshold. Glad you got your boat home, if you're more careful (never forceful) and follow proper shifting procedure then you won't have this happen again.

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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It usually it glides out of 4lo pretty easy into 4hi or 2wd. Going into 4lo can be tricky sometimes. I thought I was being gentle
I guess my wife is right...that i should be more gentle and sensitive.
I hope it's covered under my extended warranty.
But that could leave you F'd if it happened on the trail, that transfer case lever is not at all easy to get to.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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The plastic connecting piece that is down there can be bought in bulk for about $.60cents at any dealership. I forget the part number for it but its on the forums here. Most keep several in the glove box for back up.

Here ya go.

Link for more info about it and the part number for the plastic retaining clip you can buy from a dealer.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/not...eel-99139.html




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Old 07-07-2012, 02:35 PM   #5
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Thanks ESP. That makes me wonder.....because the bushing is intact but the retainer peice is gone. Is it possible that the cable is not broke, but came off the bottom of the shifter handle because of the loss of tension? I don't know how the shifter cable is attached to the shift lever. How easy would the console be to pull off and take a peak? May have to research that and see if I can repair this thing myself. Thanks again ESP.
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Part numbers for the clip and bushing are:
68018106AA
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Like ESP said, bushings are cheap. Get a couple and keep them in the glovebox.
The correct part number is 68064273AA.
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Like ESP said, bushings are cheap. Get a couple and keep them in the glovebox.
The correct part number is 68064273AA.
Absolutely do this. When I asked my dealer about it the parts dept. readily gave me 5 of them which I keep in the console. Haven't had to use one yet. I make sure I go steady and easy.
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Yep. definitly doing that. Come to find out that there is also a plastic retainer on the bottom of the console shifter lever that holds the cable on. It also is prone to breakage. I'm sure that one is toast because when i push and pull the cable at the TC, the lever on the console doesn't move but the cable does slide back and forth.
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The correct part number is 68064273AA.
Hmm. They must have changed the part number recently. I've got a sack of them with the factory part number still on it. 68064273AB ?

Doesn't really matter, the parts guys should know what you are talking about. Just get some!
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Im going to pick some of these up. Thanks
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:48 AM   #12
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My parts guy told me there was an updated bushing when I gave him the PN that I got here. I keep 5 of them in the GB. Didn't think about the retainer clip. How often does that thing fail? Guess I should get a handful of those, too.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:31 AM   #13
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The retainer clip was also gone off the TC shift lever post. But I think the main culprit in my case is the plastic pin that connects the cable to the console shifter. But yea, I'm getting a hand full of all three of these little problem parts when I head out to dodge this week.
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Thanks for the #s.

Yesterday I was towing in a tough spot and came up onto the flat to shift into 2W. The lever was 'stuck' in 4L despite my gentle and loving efforts....and I didn't want to cause a failure.

After the standard tricks it still was 'stuck'. Finally drove about 50' and it magically became very easy to shift. I'm headed for the part dept. for spares, even though I have ~1~ in the console.

Odd that a better fail-safe mechanism wasn't designed that this set up.
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I ordered 20 of these, shipping was more than the total for 20, about 4 years ago. I have never needed one but have handed out some to friends or Jeepers in need. I try to make sure I shift my transfer case when on a small hill. When the teeth don't line up gravity helps them to mesh.
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Just all seems like a less than Ideal engineering. As simplistic as it is, it shouldn't be so difficult as to possibly leave you stranded in the middle of no where.
If I hadn't read a thread several months ago about how how and where to manually shift the TC lever if your linkage fails, I would have been calling a tow truck. But managed to get that peice of cord on it and pop it into 2wd.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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Just all seems like a less than Ideal engineering. As simplistic as it is, it shouldn't be so difficult as to possibly leave you stranded in the middle of no where.
If I hadn't read a thread several months ago about how how and where to manually shift the TC lever if your linkage fails, I would have been calling a tow truck. But managed to get that peice of cord on it and pop it into 2wd.
Thanks for the suggestions.
It's called Fail 'Safe'. Having Grown up in a tremendously safe area ... Detroit I would have thought you wouldn't be able to strand yourself so easily???? On second thought, the designers live nearby, you would think they would have thought of this. Sorry to hear about your issue. Guess I need to visit the parts department.
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Snapped the cable for the 4WD shifter yesterday. Just pulled the boat off the ramp in 4 low and was stopped with the transmission in neutral, shifted out of 4 lo hit neutral and then pop, the shift lever had no tension what so ever and moved freely back and forth. Not only had the cable broke but the plastic ring on the linkage end had also come off the lever post.
I was unable to move the lever on the transfer case by hand because it's a very small area next to the drive shaft and it takes a fair amt of force to move it.
So the wife towed the boat then me home. Then I got the idea of using a peice of cord with a small loop in it. I slipped the loop over the post on the xfer case lever, ran it foreward along the driveshaft and pulled it and managed to move the lever foreward into 2wd. Now I am able to drive the Jeep. A 3 ft peice of parachute cord is now standard equipment in the jeep tool box.
I try to be as gentle as possible, because i know the nylon plastic connector at the end of the linkage is a weak "link".
Anybody have any tips for easing the shifter between 4 hi lo and 2wd?
sounds like you still had bind/tension from the incline and weight of the boat on your tcase. i thought u are supposed to shift to/from 4low while slowly rolling 2-3mph? i think if it gets stuck and doesn't want to shift easily you can roll forward a few feet and then reverse a few feet to ease the tension.
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It's called Fail 'Safe'. Having Grown up in a tremendously safe area ... Detroit I would have thought you wouldn't be able to strand yourself so easily???? On second thought, the designers live nearby, you would think they would have thought of this. Sorry to hear about your issue. Guess I need to visit the parts department.
Lol! Yea I understand the failsafe Idea. But atleast make it somewhere that it can be easily accessed and repaired in the field. There's not enough space to get your hand up there to move the lever on the transfer case because its only a few inches from the drive shaft and one of the skid plates. That's why a peice of cord is now standard trail equipment.
I do usually roll and shift, but its hard to roll slowly with a tandem axle trailer on a very flat surface. I would have tried to roll it a bit...but it came out of 4lo very easily and seemed like it was ready to go from neutral position into 4H and pop. But...yes I will certainly treat it like a new born baby in the future.

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