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I accidentally took this small bolt off of my transmission because i thought it was the fill plug because my instructions said the bolt was smaller(which its not). So i took this small bolt off and now it wont rethread in the threads because something has fallen in front of the threads. ANY ONE KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS PROBLEM thanks in advance!
 

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yeah i could see if that helps its just not grabbing the threads inside theres not much gunk in there it sounded like a piece fell behind it now it wont thread in
 

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Looks like the reverse idler shaft support bolt. If it is you need some transmission work to fix it.
 

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Hey, don't feel too bad I did the same thing and I have been working on my own vehicles for 40 years. I blamed mine on a senior monent. It can be fixed without pulling the transmission out. I thought mine would be sitting all summer due to cost to have that done.

It is for the reverse idler support.

The fix: I put a little grease in the hole that the bolt came out of to hold the support in place while you are moving it back into place. I used an awl ( stubby screwdriver with a point) to move it back up into position. You will know when it is there because the awl will go into the hole. Surprised me the first time and I missed getting the bolt back in quick enough when I removed the awi. I positioned the awl at the bottom of the hole and moved it up a 1/4" at a time til I got to the hole. I was very gentle after I got the bolt back in, gong into each gear including reverse while sitting still. Then I drove it only in the driveway in case of a problem. I had no problems and have been off-road since.

Good luck.
 

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Thats awesome thanks for the help, I was puzzled none of my books pointed it out or anything which makes sense cause your obviously not supposed to touch it haha. thanks for the help im working on wedging it back in there now :punk:
 

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Great that there is a fix without ripping everything apart. Let us know how it works out.
 

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Did the solution posted work for you?

I made the same error trying to work in a hurry. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I just did the same damn thing!!!! Why does this bolt even exist? Anyways, did the grease solution work? I just spent an hour pulling transfer case and am about to drop tranny but I really dont want to if there is an easy fix. I'm at 109,xxx miles and figure since Im pulling tranny to take to shop to re-install that bastard bolt then maybe its worth having the damn thing re-built anyways. Should I just finish the task and spend the cash to have it re-built or try the grease trick?
 

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Reverse Idler Shaft Bolt

I had the shop change my transmission fluid and they mistakenly removed this bolt. They didn't tell me, plugged the hole and had me drive off. I noticed the transmission leaking when I got home and went back. They gave me the bolt and told me "good luck".

Mechanic hasn't been able to get it back in so it's off to the transmission shop. At this point it has to be opened up to get all of the pieces re-aligned.
 

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A bit off topic but did your drain and fill plugs both end up being 17mm? My fill plug is 17mm, got that out no problem. But the drain plug seems to be smaller like a 16 or 15 mm.
 

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Did this today. 2003 Rubicon, removed the bolt, heard the clink, panicked. DDG'ed, found this thread. Went out to try to fix it. Decided going in through the drain plug was the way to do it. Found a stiff coat hanger, cut two lengths about 3" long. Cut another longer piece. Went in the drain plug hole and located the part I needed to lift, could not do it. I could touch it but could not lift it up. Went in the bolt hole with the two short sections of wire, lifted the part in the transmission and stuck a small punch in the hole to hold it. Back in through the drain plug with the longer wire, located the part in the transmission, held it in place and removed the punch, stuck the bolt in the hole and tightened it. Whew!

The most aggravating part of the operation is the transmission fluid dripping out of the drain hole while I was trying to work through the hole with the wire. Thought it would drip forever.

Want to thank everyone would pointed me in the right direction. You saved me:)

Al in Tucson
 

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A bit off topic but did your drain and fill plugs both end up being 17mm? My fill plug is 17mm, got that out no problem. But the drain plug seems to be smaller like a 16 or 15 mm.
When I did mine, 2003 Rubicon, I used a 5/8" Allen on both. Didn't fit tight but it didn't slip and that's all I had. Years ago I bought a Metric bolt and nut that fit the plug. Tightened the nut very tight and used it with a wrench to get a plug out.

Al in Tucson
 

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Agree a bolt with 17mm hex head plus two nuts that fit the bolt works easily

Tighten the nuts together hard on threaded bolt with 2 wrenches then place head of bolt in recess in fill plug and place wrench on nut closer to bolt head and turn there to remove plug

Use wrench on nut further from bolt head to tighten plug

As long as two nuts jammed tightly together will work quite well


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