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Old 07-22-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Hello WF, wow...I've been a member since 2006 and only now I'm posting...5 yrs later! I have however been lurking around and found many tips regarding this 90 YJ I picked up about 3 months ago - so thank you very much for the great information you guys have here!

Before I ask my question here's the specs according to the guy I bought it from:
  • 4.2 liter straight six rebuilt in 2006
  • AX 15 trany rebuilt in 2006
  • slip yoke eliminator transfer case built in 2008
  • rebuilt rear axle in 2008
  • 4 inch leaf springs 2 inch shackles lift

You can read the upgrades and things done to it under my vehicle profile

The reason I'm finally posting is I need your suggestions. I'm not very mechanically inclined, and recently my YJ's transmission been acting a bit strange when the vehicles been running for awhile. In 1st gear the jeep seem to shake under 5mph, once I get it moving its fine...I'm also having to force it into reverse at times.

I've read here that it could be my throwout bearing going bad, however I also read that I could use a fluid replacement. Being i really do not have the tools and mechanical experience to drop my tranny and replace my throwout bearing, do you guys think changing the transmission fluid could fix this issue? And if so, has anyone experienced similar issues which was fixed by a simple fluid replacement?

thanks again guys!!

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #2
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i am new here how do i post a thread

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:48 PM   #3
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:03 PM   #4
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Check your fluid first. Make sure its full and not milky. If its low top off and try. If milky flush it and fill then try.
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:11 PM   #5
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Check your fluid first. Make sure its full and not milky. If its low top off and try. If milky flush it and fill then try.
will try it..thanks Banks
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Check the fluid level in your clutch master cylinder.

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:18 PM   #7
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Check the fluid level in your clutch master cylinder.

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Fluid in clutch cylinder is full, it was definitely low but added fluid last week. Thanks for the welcome!
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:36 PM   #8
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Hello from Tennessee. Did you put new tires with aggressive tread on your jeep latley? I put new tires on mine after running all terrains for 9 years I went with mud terrains and when Im in first gear it feels rumbley For the lack of a better word. Didnt know what it was when it first done it but figured it out the second tome it did it. As for the reverse problem, how bad is it? Mine hardley ever goes into reverse easily. I usually have to let the clutch out and push it back in again before it will go in. It has done this since I have owned it. But not knowing how bad yours does this I couldnt say if it is par for the coarse or not.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:49 PM   #9
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So I changed out the fluids and shifting through 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th seems smooth. I am still having issues going into reverse, I can hear it spinning but like Beaver5 said, with some clutch play it does shift.

At this point does it sound like the throwout bearing? Also does anyone else have similar issues as needing to play with the clutch in order to get it into reverse?
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the reverse gear is not synchronized, so if you go to put it into reverse without letting it spin down it will grind. this is normal
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Beaver5 - hows it going in Tennessee? As for the tires? the previous owner had MT Swampers on it, the tread I am running now is less aggressive. The shaking in 1st gear only seems to happen after driving around for an hour or so.
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the reverse gear is not synchronized, so if you go to put it into reverse without letting it spin down it will grind. this is normal
I like those "..this is normal" responses haha!

okay..I will definitely keep an eye on it and if ti gets worst, expect me back here with more questions - thanks everyone!
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It's helpful to shift into another gear then reverse. So it won't grind.
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It's helpful to shift into another gear then reverse. So it won't grind.
I just found that out will definitely do some test driving...thanks again!
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It's helpful to shift into another gear then reverse. So it won't grind.
True.. I always put it in first before reverse to avoid the grind...

The vibration - Check your U joint they are pretty cheap around 15 bucks if I remember correctly. They are easy to change too..
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The idea of throwin into 4th then reverse seems to work well! As for the vibration, it happens intermittently and only when hot...the U joints seem pretty solid - thanks guys!

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