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Old 08-28-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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New Jeep Owner - Problems with drivetrain

I recently purchased a '98 TJ, 4.0, Auto with 142,000 miles, sight unseen, with no history or knowledge of whether the thing ran or not for $500 from an auction. Had it towed to the house and started cleaning her up. Put a jump box on and she fired up. Fluids are clean, still within mileage of last oil chage (evident of windshield sticker). A/C even blows ice cold! So the interior was nasty. Pulled seats, carpet and console and cleaned everything up. Now for the problem...replaced seats and was going to move her. Started up great put her in drive...nothing...reverse...nothing. When I shift the transfer case I get slight grinding, but does cycle through 2HI, 4HI, 4LO. Any ideas on what the problem may be?

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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Did you have it towed with wheels on the ground or on a flat bed?
Was the transfer case in Neutral and the trans in Park if towed on the ground?
What condition is the trans fluid in? Full? Burnt?

While it is sitting in Park can you move the Jeep?

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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Is the auto shifter actually attached to the transmission ? With the car not running, wheels blocked, and e-brake set go under the jeep and see if the shifter is attached to the shifter cable, the bushing on the shifter is notorious for failing. Also verify that cable from shifter to transmission is not broken.

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Old 08-28-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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All I know is that for $500 you got a steal even if it never drives... but I would suggest what Slevane said above.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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I'd crawl underneath and make sure the transfer case is connected to the shifter. It sounds to me like the t-case is in nuetral.

When you shift the transmission out of park, does it load the engine down any? Is the transmission full? For that matter, is the transmission shifter connected to the transmission?
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Was towed on a roll back (flat bed)...

I will check for cable connection...although it feels like the selector on the tranny is engaged.

It will roll in neutral.

There is no load on the engine when I shift transmission...the t-case will grind slightly when trying to engage. This makes me believe that the transmission is engaging, atleast through the t-case.

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