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Negoshe8n 11-15-2005 09:18 PM

97 5th gear just seemed to go
OK. The woman said she was going about 50mph and it just revved like the clutch was pushed in. It didn't pop out of gear. She said it makes a wierd noise. All the other gears are ok. It has @130k on it. Fluid has been changed regularly. Can I just buy the $50 rebuild kit at Parts America and do a rebuild, or does it seem like I'm going to have to find what part broke and replace that? Any idea what part controls the 5th gear?

4Jeepn 11-15-2005 09:24 PM

How does it shift in the other gears. Any sounds? How does the the clutch feel starting out etc.

willness33 11-15-2005 11:29 PM

Which engine and tranny?

Negoshe8n 11-16-2005 12:07 PM

Thought I put that in, opps. It's the 2.5, 5-speed. I haven't driven it yet

willness33 11-17-2005 06:21 AM

5th is usually the first to go on the AX5. If you have plenty of spare time and are very mechanically inclined, you can do the rebuild. I've never personally rebuilt an AX5 (just a T150), but I hear it is just about the worst one to take on. If it were me, it would be going to a tranny shop.

jeeperman 11-17-2005 10:17 AM

Yeah, sounds like 5th gear is just gone! You will probably start losing others soon though!

Negoshe8n 11-17-2005 05:21 PM

I've done to many car repairs. I'm in the middle of a 3000gt top end rebuild. I love 4 cam engines. I really haven't gotten into much more than this on this problem. Do I need any special tools for the tranny rebuild? If I buy a tranny somewhere, what models have that tranny? Cherkee have that? Thanks for the help.

jeeperman 11-18-2005 10:08 AM

Every Wrangler from 87 to at least '02 has that manual tranny behind the 2.5L. I don't think that the Cherokees used them though...

khenderson 11-18-2005 12:30 PM

could always upgrade to the ax-15(that's right isn't it) that backed the dakota with the 2.5L. a bit beefier than the ax-5 and if you're already switching, might as well upgrade!

willness33 11-18-2005 07:57 PM

Unfortunately the AX15 and AX5 are not interchangable.

Negoshe8n 11-19-2005 09:47 AM

I need to know what years tranny will fit my 97. Thanks!

khenderson 11-19-2005 11:12 AM


Originally Posted by willness33
Unfortunately the AX15 and AX5 are not interchangable.

seems like i saw an article for the swap and it wasn't that bad. just needed to steal a couple of other parts from the dakota and it was a pretty straight forward swap.

willness33 11-20-2005 07:25 PM

If you could find the article that would be an interesting read. I'm not questioning you, I'd just like to be as well informed as possible. Plus, I'm patiently waiting for my AX-5 to poop out and would like an option other than a SM465 or SM420.

khenderson 11-20-2005 08:50 PM

as much as i hate to.......there's a thread on pirate where a guy did the ax-5 to ax-15 swap... Here's the link.

Negoshe8n 12-08-2005 08:13 PM

I hear that the ax-5 has a clip that breaks\comes undone from 5th. Nephew of a friend told me he even tried to weld it. Didn't work.

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