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Old 08-30-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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trouble getting into 1st gear and reverse

I have a 1990 Jeep Wrangler. I have a hard time getting the Jeep into 1st gear or reverse. Reverse will grind and first is difficult to get into when I am sitting at a set of lights. I do have some luck on both first and reverse when I go into third or fourth gear and then go into first or reverse. I just changed the transmission fluid (SAE 75W-90) but that only helped slightly. Once I am going it shifts fine. Any ideas out there. I appreciate.

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Old 08-30-2005, 05:09 PM   #2
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Hmmm, Is your jeep lifted? Because it could be the tub interfering with the shifter enough to give you a headache at a stand still. If that is it then it's cheap and easy just take the boot off and move the shifter around.

Other than that I don't have a whole lot of experience with tranny internals.

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Old 08-30-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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Check Clutch Fluid.
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Old 08-31-2005, 07:12 AM   #4
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No, my Jeep is not lifted and the clutch fluid is OK. I was hoping that if there was a different type of transmission fluid available it would help my problem. Thanks for the help NY94YJ and 1BLKJP
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:59 PM   #5
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try bleeding your hydraulic clutch. maybe release bearing?
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:28 AM   #6
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This may sound like a silly answer, but I've experienced this firsthand and so have a few other people I know. It may possible be the clutch master cylinder. It doesn't show any visible signs of leaking, but doesn't hold pressure internally and leaks back into the reservoir. Also, I know you just changed your tranny juice, but change it again with synchromesh. Your synchros will thank you.

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