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Old 11-07-2015, 05:35 PM
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won't shift in to any gears!

2006 TJ, automatic transmission

...I don't know a lot about cars. My dad borrowed my jeep and I noticed when I got it back he had it in 4WD. I had the car in neutral and it would not go back in to 2WD. After trying to force it a few times, now all of the sudden the jeep won't go in to any gears. Is it stuck in park? neutral? It still revs up, but won't move no matter what. Also, it does make a grinding noise when moving the shifter.

With that, I did get under there and check to see if the linkage came apart, but it is fine and it is secure.
I am going to have it towed Monday, but I may have a problem. The jeep is in my garage and without it being able to go in to reverse to get it out, how is the tow company going to get it? If it's stuck in park, it's not going to go in to neutral to push it out of the garage, right?

Be easy with me on the jeep vocabulary...I don't know crap about cars.

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Old 11-07-2015, 05:41 PM   #2
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sounds like the transfer case is in neutral. Can you push the jeep or is it 'locked' down by the trans?

If you can push it, then you need to work on moving the transfer case shifter to 4WD or 2WD, then you can pull it out like normal.

If you can't, and it's locked, then get someone to move the shifters while you look underneath, it may be a broken cable on the shifter side...

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Old 11-07-2015, 05:51 PM
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should add that is makes a grinding noise.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:56 PM
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I just tried pushing it and yes it moves so I guess it's stuck in neutral. That's good, at least we can get it on a tow truck. The tranny was rebuilt back in August. Maybe the two are related.

So the transfer case has to be opened from the looks of it? Once I open it, what am I looking for?
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:09 PM   #5
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go to the Jeep website.
They have a 4x4 section on how 4x4 works.
I doubt anything is broke. There is an art to shifting the transfer case tho.

http://www.jeep.ca/en/4x4basics/systemwork

if the answer is not there... read your manual
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This is attached to the 4x4 shifter underneath, but is hanging freely. I see a hole that this looks like it fits, but it doesn't line up, or won't reach.

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play with the lever till it lines up. 2 people make it easy. and obviously you will need a couple of new parts to hold the rod in the hole. But read the manual first and you should be able to shift into 2WD
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Or just use a crescent wrench on the lever on transfer cAse all the way rotated back is 2 we then you can drive it home and save a tow fee

Then just fix the linkage
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Get under the jeep and manually put the transfer case back into 2wd. Don't let you dad drive your jeep anymore until you 2 no what levers does what.
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Have you tried putting the transmission in Neutral and then shifting?
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I'm guessing the adjustment on the one end got forced and after it moves it popped the other end out of the linkage. From your image, the bottom link goes the the transfer-case and the one your holding goes higher up above the one connected and then goes back to the shiftier arm into the cab.

I find sometimes you have to be moving to shift the transfer case, otherwise while stopped possibility the gear is not aligned with where it has to go and will not fall in. Which i believe happened to you, cause you mentioned trying to force it to move.
When it cant move and you force too much on it, it can sometimes push the one linkage thru the adjustment wedge bolt.


That will then make the linkage longer or shorter depending on which way you were forcing it and can then depending on the rubber bushings condition to pop the linkage out of its slot at the other end & depending if you have a body lift or cross member drop with a misaligned linkage.

Check that adjustment area to see if you can see if it has been moved.(usually has rust around it, so easy to spot if it moved sometimes.)

What you can do is to block the front wheels so it cant roll.
May have to jack the rear off the ground slightly. ( so you can try to spin the drive shaft to move the gears if hard to hand shift while under it)
Put the transmission in neutral(engine off).
Try to put the transfer case inside lever into 2 high & crawl under & put the transfer case shift into the 2 high position(all way clockwise).
Then loosen the bolt for the linkage(like pic above) and try to slide it one way or the other to get it to align with the slot it goes into and then press it in.(rust might make it hard to slide)
Then re-tighten the bolt tight.

put transmission in park and start up and try to drive it.

If ever the engine is running and you put in gear and it does not move, DO NOT PUT INTO PARK while engine running after going into a gear if you think the transfer-case maybe in Neutral.
Turn the engine off and then put into park. Otherwise the transmission could be spinning in gear with the engine running(even thou transfercase in neutral) and putting it into park will cause the parking paw to try to lock into a moving part and will make a grinding sound and possibly damage the paw or the drum and put chunks of what broke into the trannys insides and damage it.

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