I had an issue with my wonderful BA10 today and in the process of working on it I was able to pull my shift lever out when the tranny was in neutral. I am assuming that this should not happen. Upon further investigation I have a single split plastic ring where the shift lever goes in and what looks likes space for another. Is there supposed to be another plastic ring to hold the shift lever in? From what I have read it should require the removal of three bolts to pull that out. Not in my case, just comes right out.
A picture is worth a thousand words so here is my shift lever and you can see the ring is on top but the plastic sleeve does not come all the way to the top to hold in the shift lever.
It looks like I need another spacer.
The sleeve is not supposed to go all the way to the top. The diaphragm spring is missing. A common problem. You can get a new one at a dealer for like $10. Or.... You can upgrade!!!!
For those who are interested, after three parts stores, three junkyards, one dealer and no luck in finding the necessary parts. The parts store guys were no help, the junk yards didn't have any wranglers older than a 92 or had none at all. The dealer just laughed and said good luck. So with things looking grim I started looking around the my pole barn to see what I could find. 2" PVC pipe was just a little to big for the top collar but not by much. I cut a 1" thick piece off and then cut a notch in one side to allow it to flex. The fit was perfect. Now, what could I use to keep the shift lever from coming out. A quick trip to the local hdw store for a sheet of red rubber gasket material. I cut out a piece the same diameter as the PVC and cut a hole the size of a 15mm socket. Put it all together and it was working but wasn't holding the shift lever as tight as I would like so I cut another gasket and slid that on. Put on the top collar and bolted on the top ring. Shift lever is now held tightly in place for the low low price of $4.00 for the rubber sheet. The cool thing is I now have 5th gear back and it no longer pops out of reverse. I think the problem with 5th and reverse was that the shift lever was rolling up and out of the transmission tower and not moving the shift forks completely. Needless to say I am happy to have my jeep back and am no longer mad at it even though it did cost me a day wheeling.