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Unread 08-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Is my transmission problem going to cost me an arm and a leg?

Feel free to call me an idiot, I've been doing that all day. I just wanted to check the oil level in my 5 speed manual transmission, but the owner's manual and my Haynes manual were both wrong about the location of the filler hole.It's NOT on the passenger side! I found a cross bolt in the middle of the transmission near the place where the two halves of the transmission bolt together. That's on the driver's side. The bolt has a 13mm head. I loosened it up, heard the clicking sound of a bolt that has been torqued as I broke it loose. I thought to myself, this plug has a lot of threads! But I went ahead and pulled it out, and heard a clunking sound as some heavy piece of metal dropped a short distance. Now I'm afraid to start the engine or even take the transmission out of gear. Any advice or criticism is welcome

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Unread 08-05-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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No idea what it will cost, but you should have double and triple checked and looked for other instructions on this.

There are two plugs on the transmission case that you can touch. The fill plug and drain plug. Drain plug is on the bottom (17mm allen I believe) and the fill plug is on the side (14mm). It's all accessible from the driver's side.

Check this list next time: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Jeep_Li...6_Socket_Sizes

To be honest it sounds like you need to have it towed to the closest shop and hope that it doesn't cost a fortune. Sucks
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Unread 08-07-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply

I did some research on the internet thingy and determined that the bolt I stupidly removed seems to hold a metal part that clamps the reverse idler
shaft in place.

I stopped by two local transmission repair shops, the first two shops were being minded by old ladies while the mechanics were out chasing parts, but the guy at the third shop agrees that what I suspect is probably the case.

So I had my Liberty towed to his shop this morning. He said the labor to remove the transmission is $371.00

I'll feel lucky if I only have to pay $500 for my brain fart
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Unread 08-07-2013, 03:45 PM   #4
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I did some research on the internet thingy and determined that the bolt I stupidly removed seems to hold a metal part that clamps the reverse idler
shaft in place.

I stopped by two local transmission repair shops, the first two shops were being minded by old ladies while the mechanics were out chasing parts, but the guy at the third shop agrees that what I suspect is probably the case.

So I had my Liberty towed to his shop this morning. He said the labor to remove the transmission is $371.00

I'll feel lucky if I only have to pay $500 for my brain fart
Think about it this way, at least you had the foresight not to start the car and trash the tranny completely.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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I'm doing the "Snoopy Dance" today!

I'm deliriously happy that my problem was easily solved by Jeff, the mechanic at B&B Transmission who stuck a piece of stiff wire up the transmission drain hole and pushed the reverse idler shaft clamp back into alignment so he could
reinstall the bolt.

He only charged me $65.00 labor for fixing what I thought was going to be a
huge budget disaster.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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I'm deliriously happy that my problem was easily solved by Jeff, the mechanic at B&B Transmission who stuck a piece of stiff wire up the transmission drain hole and pushed the reverse idler shaft clamp back into alignment so he could
reinstall the bolt.

He only charged me $65.00 labor for fixing what I thought was going to be a
huge budget disaster.
Awesome. Sounds like you found your mechanic unicorn!
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Unread 08-09-2013, 02:44 PM   #7
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That guy needs to be on your Christmas list!
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