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Unread 10-16-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Ball bearing on tranny drain plug

I have had my yj for a little over a month now,decided to start changing the fluids before winter.The tranny fluid looked good,had the gearbox smell,but I found a bearing a little bigger than a pea on the drain plug.It shifts good and is quiet,what could this be ,is it getting ready to explode,lol.Just wondering if anyone else has run into this

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Unread 10-16-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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thats the detent ball for the shift mechanism, holds it in your selected gear , should have a spring also
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Unread 10-17-2011, 06:23 AM   #3
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Thanks,I hope thats all there was floating around in there
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Unread 10-17-2011, 07:14 AM   #4
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that's not the drain plug.
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Assuming you indeed pull the drain plug, which is NOT on the 1" thick plate between the front and back halves of the trans. Then yup, detent ball. Unless someone rebuilding it in the past dropped one (doubtful), you may likely see a problem at some time. The detent system is mainly there to make sure two things don't happen at once, like 1st and reverse. I rebuilt my AX-15 a couple years ago, seem to remember there are maybe six of then in there.
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hopefully it wasnt loose until you pulled the plug. It and its spring will be held captive when reinstalled and are neccesary to help keep the plate that moves the shift forks in the proper place
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Im pretty sure that was the drain plug,it was on the passenger side almost even with the front of the skid plate and it is magnetic,for good reason I see,guess I will keep my eye out for a used tranny just in case this one goes.Thanks for the replies
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