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Old 04-01-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Picked Up Jeep Saturday - Transmission Question

Hello all!

Picked up a 2005 Wrangler Sport on Saturday, with 38k miles on it (1 owner off lease). Cannot express how much I love this thing, and hate myself for not buying one sooner.

I have a question regarding the transmission, specially shifting between 1st and 2nd. While test driving the Jeep I didn't notice this, but lately I've been feeling like it's almost hard to shift into second. What I mean by that, is it's not as smooth as the other gears. The clutch is in all the way, and it does feel smoother when shifting at higher speed like the recommended 15mph; but more than less it seems like it's not as smooth. It's really an odd feeling to explain, but it almost feels as if I weren't putting the clutch in all the way?

The Jeep looks like it was pampered, and with the mileage; I'm doubting it's a transmission issue (more like hoping). Just hate to have to go in for warranty work a week of having it.

If anyone has any advice, would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-01-2009, 08:40 PM   #2
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my 2005 is the same and what i have read, this is the norm.

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I just searched through a bunch of old threads and some information online, and it seems this is a common issue?

The only thing that worries me is other people said once the Jeep has been driven or "warms", this goes away. Today I was driving for about 30 minutes, and it's about 50 degrees here; but still happened.

Besides this first to second, can't get enough of my Jeep!
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:47 PM   #4
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it's strange, sometimes I have to fight it and sometimes smooth as silk but it does better warmed up after a very long period.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:49 PM   #5
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If you don't mind my asking, has it been going on since you first bought the Jeep? If so, how many miles have you put on since you noticed this?

Many thanks!
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:07 PM   #6
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This is a normal issue with the Jeep Transmission. What i do to correct this is when i start out in 1st gear i double clutch it before sliding it into 2nd. This helps alot, But most of the time i start out in 2nd gear, then shifting is normal for the rest of the gears.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:14 PM   #7
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bought the jeep in 06 with 4600 miles and have driven it from louisiana to new mexico, arkansas, tennessee and it has always done this more so when it is cold. I too thought the clutch was bad but after inquiring on this and other forums it seems this is a common problem. also it really has to warm up to hot for it to smooth out. what causes this I don't know but somebody on this forum could tell you, they know everything there is to know about jeeps. I now have approx. 20,000 miles and it's always been the same. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:10 PM   #8
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i have an 05 unlimited with the same problem seemed to start when weather started getting colder a few months ago but when it is warmer doesn't seem to happen......do you also heat a rattle when you are idling and it goes away when you push the clutch in??
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never noticed a rattle from that area but have one with the exhaust system that I hear when stopped.
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I have a 2000 and it has the exact same problem. Some times its next to impossible to put in second unless it’s warm... I have did extensive research and actually found a technical service bulletin for this issue. The bulletin advises to replace the shift shaft detent plunger to correct the issue. I will live with the issue for now, I figure when the clutch goes out I will hit two birds with one stone and address it then. For those interested in the tsb here is the number. 21-003-01 REV A .. If someone does it let me know if it is the cure..
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I've got a '05 rubi and it does the same thing. I did fill the fluid and it smoothed out(i was low). the noise could be your clutch release bearings. I replaced those on mine.
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Just duble clutch, after all we all like to think our jeeps are real trucks.
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:14 AM   #13
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tried to explain double clutch to my wife, she thought that it was a drink from Starbucks.

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