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Old 02-04-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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We recently purchased a 1994 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L 4 cylinder with a 5 speed manual transmission. I drove the jeep all over the place and took it to our mechanic to check it out before we bought it. After 4 days of owning it I put it in 5th gear and heard all kind of noise that was not there while test driving. I now understand that is a common problem. My question is how do I identify what transmission we have AX-5, AX-15, or a brand that starts with a P that I cannot remember? Gears 1-4 work fine but I dont want to do further damage by driving it. I did not see any markings to indicate what transmission we have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This jeep has a 2-3" quadratec body lift and 32/12.5 BFG A/T. And yes it has the GAY "BIGFOOT EDITION " decals on it that indicates the dealer did the lift and tires (from what i have read). Thanks Jay

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Old 02-04-2011, 08:20 PM   #2
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4 banger should have ax5. Anyone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Old 02-04-2011, 10:53 PM   #3
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This is true.The ax15 has a cast iron bell houseing and the ax5 has an aluminum one.That is what I have read somewhere.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:51 AM   #4
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It has an ax5. They are renowned for being terrible transmission. It's not a matter if it will go bad, it's a matter of when.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:51 AM   #5
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I had the same problem. I decided to fix mine. But if you want to put a used one in it you can find Ax-5 transmissions in early- mid 90's dodge small trucks also.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:43 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the help. Should I park it until I get it to the shop or continue driving in gears1-4. Thanks Jay
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:08 PM   #7
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I have a 95YJ with out 5 gear, the "C" clip that keeps 5th gear inplace poped of the shaft, Iv'e put over 1000 miles on it with out a problem, but if you get over 2k RPM it will suck the gas right out of the tank, witch in my YJ is about 45 miles an hour.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:00 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your help. Jay
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Welcome to the Forum! Let's see some pics of your YJ!


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