I have a 97 TJ with a problem I can't figure out so I thought I would come to the experts!
When I start it up in the morning it drives fine and I can shift is great (5 speed) but after I have gone about a mile and come up to a intersection when I go to put it in first gear (or any gear for that matter) nothing happens! It feels like the shifter isn't even making any contact with anything, it just goes into the pattern with no feel to it. After a 5-10 second dead time it will "take a gear" and do fine. It only happens when I first start driving it after it has set, either overnight or after I get off work. It only does it once and then drives fine.
There is no grinding, noise, or anything noticable it just acts like the shifter is disconnected but I know it is going into its full pattern. I have checked the fluids and everything looks fine. Does anyone have any ideas?