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Tonight driving through a store parking lot the shifter started making a loud rattling/vibrating noise in 2nd gear that it has never made before. As I shifted to 3rd, the shifter made 2 "clack, clack" and the entire stick rotated in my hand to where the numbers on the shift knob were turned 90 degrees.

It got worse trying to get it home. Shifting into 1st the shift knob hits the dash, won't go into 2nd and there's the "clack,clack" going into 3rd as if the entire stick is going to come off in my hand. Trying to get into reverse the entire stick is almost parallel to the passenger seat cushion, and won't go into reverse.

I've never seen a stick do this. Any ideas? I'm going to get it to a dealer first thing in the morning, just don't want them trying to say somehow we did this. Thanks!
 

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Btw - Jeep has 7k miles on it and was purchased brand new with 6 miles on it in October.
 

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Apparently there is a bushing that holds the shifter in place is the transmission, and that bushing broke and moved out of place. They've ordered a new bushing and put me in a rental until the bushing comes in and can be replaced.
 

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Update: got the Jeep back from the dealer today. They replaced the shifter lever, part #52060064AG. It feels like I'm driving an entirely different vehicle. The gears are tight, the shifts are precise, no issues getting it into 6th or reverse that I had from the moment I drove it off the lot.

I purchased the Jeep brand new with 6 miles on it and from the initial drive home the shifter felt mushy/sloppy, but that's how I remember my '98 Wrangler's manual trans, so I thought it was normal. Obviously it was not, and the service manager and tech said the bushing that broke was most likely not installed correctly at the factory because they couldn't think of anyway we could have damaged it.

If anyone with a '15-'16 6 speed manual has a mushy or vague feeling shifter, I would definitely get it looked at. Thankfully ours broke in a parking lot and not during my wife's daily freeway commute.
 

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Thanks for updating... Can't ever recall seeing that issue before. Do you know if the part was internal and required pulling trans to fix?
 

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That I don't know. I received a call at 1 pm today from the service manager stating they were still waiting for the part to arrive, but then received a call just an hour later telling me the Jeep was ready.
 

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I just got my 2016 Jeep Wrangler back from the dealership with the exact same part replaced (52060064-AG). The Jeep only had 13,700 miles when it had to go back to the dealership for repairs. I bought it brand new from the dealership with only about 2 miles. I never noticed the shifter being loose due to thinking that this is the way it came stock. I drove it around all day on, but by the afternoon trying to shift it into second gear would make the shifter almost hit the center console. I GENTLY drove it up to the dealership only using the top gears (1st, 3rd, and 5th). They replaced the Lever Gear PT# - 52060064-AG, and the Knob. In the repair notes it said that the shifter lever bushing came apart at the shifter tower TK119. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on this.
 

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Seems like this may turn out to be a regular issue. That's unfortunate.
 

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I just had the same problem, 6 months old and 10k plus miles. Shift lever could be twisted around and range of motion was all over the place.

Had to tow it in. The service tech accused me of kicking or stepping on the shifter. Which never happened, but I did appreciate the accusation as it has refined the number of dealers I'll shop from in the future.

The same part as the others (52060064AG) was replaced. I guess I'll need to keep a few of these parts on hand once the warranty runs out if I still have it then.
 

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Same issue on my 2015. 6 mos old and under 9K miles. Service advisor said he's never seen anything like that before. Apparently he hasn't been looking very hard.
 

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That pretty much solidifies that my wife's replacement Jeep (this one was just deemed a total loss on Monday) will be an automatic.

I'm also going to notify Jeep regarding the obvious faulty bushing and keep track of this because I'm sure it's a more wide spread issue.

I'm just now getting urgent recall notices for my old '06 Chryler 300 SRT 8 for issues I repeatedly brought the car in for but was told there was nothing wrong or they couldn't find the problem. That car's long since gone, but I was having issues in '09 with it & now they're sending out urgent recalls?!
 

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guess I'll add to this, taking mine in to the dealer on Wednesday for what I assume will be the same thing, looks like. 10k miles, picked it up in November.
 

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Our Back Country we picked up 2 weeks ago is an automatic. I love the manual Jeep, but having that happen once was enough. With my wife driving it every day on the freeway, wasn't taking any chances this time. Good luck with the repairs.
 

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I'm in a 2015 Jeep wrangler with 6000 miles on it and the issue you describe sounds exactly like what's going on with me. I have an appointment with the dealership on Monday.
 

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I'd make sure you reference this post and the part # that is replaced. Dealerships always say "this is the first I've heard/seen this"
 
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