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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-29-2007, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Shifter hell

I purchased a rebuild steering column with a shifter for my CJ7 and a linkage kit from Ididit. It is installed correctly and shiftes the 904 tranny. The only problem I am having is shifter will not lock into any gear. It is like there is no detent at all. The shifter handle smothly slides from park to low. How can this be fixed?
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Re: Shifter hell

The first thing I'd do is detach the shifting linkage at the transmission shifting shaft. Then put a pair of locking pliers on the shifting shaft and see if you can feel the detents as you rotate the shaft...

What has Ididit said? Have you contacted them?
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Re: Shifter hell

Ididit told me that the detents were in the column. My guess is the column is messed up.
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Re: Shifter hell

Nope.. the detents are not in the column, they're right. The dentents are on a shifting plate inside the transmission, on top of the valve body. That's why I'm asking you to check the shifting shaft without the column linkage attached.

The detent plate is only peened into the shaft collar. If it's loose, you'll never be able to shift and keep the detent.


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Re: Shifter hell

I think you are right LEVE. A local transmission shop confirmed what you just stated. I am going to take it to tham and let them fix it.
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Re: Shifter hell

Well why not take a couple of hours and do it yourself... it only takes loosening about 24 bolts.
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Re: Shifter hell

I was under the impression that the valve body needed to be removed and I have never opened up a tranny before.
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Re: Shifter hell

The valve body does need to be removed. But that's only 14 bolts. Once you drain the transmission and remove the skidplate, ATF pan, kick down and shift linkage you can then drop the Valve Body. It's not hard, in fact, it's quite easy. The only tool I'd want to have on hand is a 1/4" inch-pound torque wrench to retorque the bolts on re-install.

This is not something you need to be afraid of...
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Re: Shifter hell

OK, I think I will give it a shot. Thanks LEVE. I will let you know how it goes.
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Let me now if you need pages out of the manual....
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