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Old 07-13-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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@ Outer Banks, Need Help!

While driving the Jeep to dinner @ OBX, the automatic P,R,N D,1,2 shifter is free (wont go into any gear). This happened while parking at restaurant. Went under jeep and noticed the gear cable was hanging from plunger. I can manually push in to engage gear when the wife to moving shifter. Is there anyone that has experience with this linkage? I'm thinking that there was a cotter pin of some sort holding the linkage together. May need a temporary fix until I get back to VA. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #2
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Give it a try, just be sure both of her feet are on the brakes.

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This happened to me and I basically just rigged it with something-I think it was a zip tie which didn't last long. The fix is extremely simple.. You drill out it out and put a bolt through and that little piece will never break again. If you look on rubicon owners forum, there is a writeup with the bolt size and hole size with pics.
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You can also go to the local auto parts store and get the plastic/rubber/nylon bushing that holds the cable and shifter lever on the tranny together. It was one of those "help" products. It costs like 8 bucks and it comes about 4 or 5 different size bushings. I used that, and 2 zip ties to hold mine together after it broke. Going on 3 months and it is still working.
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Here's temporary fix until I get back home. It's ridiculous that Chrysler used a plastic white bushing to hold the auto shift cable to the linkage. I almost got stranded due to this and I was expecting the worst, ie transmission issues!
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Ya this happened to me as well and I used the bolt idea w a locking nut , u can use regular nuts but be sure to to double nut it w/ a lock washer in-between the two nuts ! Hope everything goes good - good luck !!!
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Man that sucks so bad lol. My worst fear is being the only turd with a rubicon being stranded in corova on the beach or something like that.
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easy fix. drill it out and put a bolt in there. find a hardware store/harbor freight, buy a cheapo cordless drill, a bolt and nut, and you're back on your way.

here's the write-up:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/05-4spd-auto-linkage-failure-600665/index6.html#post13548681

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