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Unread 07-12-2015, 09:38 AM   #1
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YJ Transmission issue

I probably need to do some more research on other sites but I always end up here for the good answers. So the stock YJ is not wanting to downshift nicely nor shift into 5th. The rest of the gears on upshift seem fine. Occasionally it is dificult to get into first after coming to a no clutch engaged stop. I have to give it a little clutch and then it will drop into first for me.
Soooo, I am thinking some sort of synchronization problem.
Ready go and thanks in advance.

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Unread 07-12-2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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Heres a tip... Use the clutch to disengage and reengage gears.... that may be why you having issues now.
But it sounds like the main bearings are goiong out and syncros.
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Unread 07-12-2015, 02:15 PM   #3
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I have as feeling you worded some of that wrong. If you have to rev it to get it to shift, I would be checking the clutch fluid first...
The wrong type of gear oil in it can also mess up the syncros. My T-5 went bad like that from GL5 gear oil. I switched to GL4 or synchromesh gear oil and all was good again.
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Unread 07-12-2015, 02:43 PM   #4
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Heres a tip... Use the clutch to disengage and reengage gears.... that may be why you having issues now.
But it sounds like the main bearings are goiong out and syncros.
I don't think he's floating the gears. Sounds like he's having some other kind of issue.
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Unread 07-12-2015, 02:51 PM   #5
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So I'm thinking my first step is to flush the trans fluid and inspect for shavings of course. Next is the trans shop for advice. I'm a shade tree hack of a mechanic so do I have any business dropping and possibly rebuilding?
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Unread 07-13-2015, 02:55 AM   #6
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It definitely sounds like syncros are going out. If it were my Jeep, I'd just rebuild it.

My transmission went out a couple months ago, the PO claimed it was rebuilt 20,000 miles ago. The lie detector test (mechanic) determined, that was a lie! And, since it isn't cold here it definitely won't be the shifter boot being the problem.

Before my transmission took a dump, the syncros were getting kind of funky, then the front input seal blew and leaked all the oil out right as a I got into Buckeye.

Then there's the possibility of something giving up in the clutch assembly.
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Unread 07-13-2015, 02:58 AM   #7
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So Sundevil, any recommendations for a trans shop? I'm not confident I'm ready to dig into my own rebuild.
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Unread 07-13-2015, 03:06 AM   #8
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The guy who rebuilt my transmission is over in Buckeye, cool guy. All said and done with installation of a new clutch assembly with master cylinder ran me a little over $1000. I bought a LUK Pro Gold kit off rockauto.com and had him install it along with the rebuild.

Bison Automotive Repair.
2201 N 201st Ave
Buckeye, AZ 85396
(602) 570-1452
Matt.

He's also a Mopar guy, and apparently isn't a stranger to Jeeps. So there's a bit of relief.


EDIT: Also, if you have the tools and that price (which is the average price from what I found out after calling around) doesn't sit well with you, the AX15 is actually pretty easy to rebuild. I've rebuilt a couple of them, and I would have done it again but all my tools are back in CA. There's a lot of good write ups on here, and some good videos on youtube that take you through it step by step. That's how I learned.
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