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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-04-2001, 03:20 PM
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My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

Has this ever happened to anyone before? I went out to start my Jeep this morning, and everything seemed fine. After about 5 min. of warming up, I threw it in reverse and backed out of my drive way. But when I went to put it in 1st, the shifter felt really limp. I somehow managed to get it in second gear, drove back in my driveway, and turned her off. The shifter is completely pulled out of the transmission, and is loose in the rubber boot. Wonder what happened?
Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

Well put the damn thing back in and leave it alone!

Just kidding. I have had this happen, but mine snapped off at the base. It's easy to find out what's going on, just unbolt the tranny cover from inside the jeep, then undo the bolts ontop of the tranny itself (the 4 around the shifter, if its the tranny I think it is, your profile doesn't say), lift it straight up. I'll bet your shifter fork or stud (depending on what tranny it is), popped out of its slot. You'll see better when you take a look at it. I have several manuals as well, so we should be able to help you out.

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

Had that happen at 40mph entering a parking lot. Went to downshift and pulled the shifter straight up into the cab. The cap that screws the shifter to the tranny had come loose and allowed the alignment pins to spit out. Spent $5 ordering new pins through the dealer and was back in action.

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

Yeah, I think that's what happened. I took the knobs off, unscrewed the rubber plate, and found that one of the pins are gone. Best way is to order them through a dealer? How did you get the thing back in? I kept trying to get it back in there, but it just pops back out. Hmmm... I'll order the new pins tomorrow.

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

I also had that happen right after I bought my Jeep (feb 99) the guy told me it had always felt loose so I thought
I would just live with it. But a week later,it pulled out. I removed the boot and on my trans(T-5) there is a square
shaft coming out of the trans, The shifter has a square end on it that slipps over the square shaft on the trans.
So what I did was drill two holes one on each side( not opposing) and tapped them to fit two short bolts. I sliped
the shifter back on , tightened the bolts and it is tight as can be! Put the boot back on and I havent had any
trouble.

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

I also had that happen right after I bought my Jeep (feb 99) the guy told me it had always felt loose so I thought
I would just live with it. But a week later,it pulled out. I removed the boot and on my trans(T-5) there is a square
shaft coming out of the trans, The shifter has a square end on it that slipps over the square shaft on the trans.
So what I did was drill two holes one on each side( not opposing) and tapped them to fit two short bolts. I slipped
the shifter back on , tightened the bolts and it is tight as can be! Put the boot back on and I havent had any
trouble.

1986 CJ-7

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

My advice is to cut back on the Wheaties in the morning, dude. You're apparently over-developed. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

The same thing happened on my CJ. It just got loose the pin fell out. The ford T-18 I installed, had a pin and a ground off 1/4" drill bit in the bottom of the tranny. We just happened to have some 1/4" stainless steel rod at the shop, worked great.

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Oh man, I just called up the dealer, and they said the best they could do was the WHOLE HOUSING cover . . . for a hefty $200. Not what I want to do. So maybe I'll try the 1/4 inch rod trick? Any other opinions? Will take all of them . . .

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Re: My shifter pulled out of the transmission!

For the T-5, Chrysler had repair parts, a plastic/rubber sleeve and a metal springy looking thing(technical). Only put it together last 'cause it's a B**** to take apart.

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