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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Can't get Jeep in gear

I have a 2000 TJ with 4.0L and 5 spead manual tranny. It was parked a month ago in neutral with the parking brake on. Now I can't get in gear. Any gear..except if I put the xfer case in neutral. Then I can run all the gears but I can't engage the xfer case with the transmission in gear. So I'm stuck. Any advice?

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It could be a clutch release problem. See if you can shift it with the engine off. If so the clutch is probably not releasing, or not releasing fully. It could be a fluid leak, which will show up as a low level in the reservoir, or just that the plates have stuck together. In that case, get it in a low gear, push the clutch in, and have someone give you a tug with another vehicle.

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It could be a clutch release problem. See if you can shift it with the engine off. If so the clutch is probably not releasing, or not releasing fully. It could be a fluid leak, which will show up as a low level in the reservoir, or just that the plates have stuck together. In that case, get it in a low gear, push the clutch in, and have someone give you a tug with another vehicle.
Hey thanks! I was able to shift with the engine off.

In reverse, Jeep jumped when I tried to start.
In 1st gear, Jeep started normally.

Clutch not fully releasing?
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Exactly. The synchros will keep the gears from engaging if they can't match engine speed with driveshaft speed.

Check the fluid level in the master cylinder. Look for signs of fluid leaking out anywhere. I think your Jeep has a donut slave cylinder inside the bellhousing. If that's so look for fluid dripping out the bottom of the bell.

If there's no sign of leaks and the pedal feels right you probably have the clutch plates stuck together by rust from sitting. If you can get it broken loose it will correct itself pretty quickly. You do that by putting it in first, holding the pedal down, and having someone tow the Jeep.

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Exactly.

If there's no sign of leaks and the pedal feels right you probably have the clutch plates stuck together by rust from sitting. If you can get it broken loose it will correct itself pretty quickly. You do that by putting it in first, holding the pedal down, and having someone tow the Jeep.
My Jeep does a lot of sitting. Pedal feels good. Resevoir full. No leaks.

So just get someone to pull me while I hold down the clutch with trans in 1st? How far? How fast?
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If it doesn't break free in a couple of feet then you probably have more serious trouble.

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If it doesn't break free in a couple of feet then you probably have more serious trouble.
Pull with engine running?
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Doesn't matter for the problem at hand, but it might be a good idea to have power steering and brakes functioning.

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Its either the synchro are shot or clutch master needs rebuild.
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Its either the synchro are shot or clutch master needs rebuild.
I'd look hard at the master and slave cylinder for the clutch

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