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Old 04-16-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Shifting question

When I shift into second and third gears, I feel a slight resistance but no other issues. Is this normal for a TJ? First Jeep.
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What year jeep? How many miles? How old is the clutch? Many things could play into the "smoothness" of a shift. Clutch wear, synchronizes ect

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Old 04-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #3
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What year jeep? How many miles? How old is the clutch? Many things could play into the "smoothness" of a shift. Clutch wear, synchronizes ect
2003, 24,000 miles. So since you asked those questions, it's not normal.
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Are you trying to shift fast, the jeeps have truck like transmissions and you need to baby the shifts. They are not sports cars.
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Are you trying to shift fast, the jeeps have truck like transmissions and you need to baby the shifts. They are not sports cars.
No, not shifting fast. When I shift into second and third, I feel resistance, almost like a bump, if that makes sense. If I hold it where it "bumps" I feel what seems to me like the gears spinning. No noise, just this slight resistance. It shifts fine, but I feel this when shifting into second nd third. I baby the jeep, usually shifting at 2,000 rpm.
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I shift a little higher, 2500-3000, and just let it slide in. If you try to force it it only overrides the sync or and grinds.
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It sounds normal, the nv3550 is a clunky truck transmission. Try almost "slotting" it into gear. With 24,000 miles I doubt there is any problem with your clutch.
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I shift a little higher, 2500-3000, and just let it slide in. If you try to force it it only overrides the sync or and grinds.
Don't need to force it. It goes in but I feel that "bump" as described above. No grinding noises. I'll check to see if it happens at higher RPMs.
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Have you checked the trans oil level
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #10
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It sounds normal, the nv3550 is a clunky truck transmission. Try almost "slotting" it into gear. With 24,000 miles I doubt there is any problem with your clutch.
That's exactly what it's like. Sort of clunky and seems to need "slotting in". You hit it on the nose. Glad to hear its normal.
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You can double clutch to slow everything down and align themselves.
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Are you using the clutch? When I run mine without doors it's clutch optional except for first gear, and you'll get that "bump" while waiting for the syncro to let you in...

To a lesser degree, you can feel it when shifting normally into the lower gears, especially shifting 1->2nd and 2->3rd, as you describe. Verdict, IMO: Normal.

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