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Unread 03-05-2013, 04:52 AM   #1
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5 speed transmission problems

Last week I finally pulled my CJ8 Scrambler home. Yesterday I got the engine to start before dark (I work 6pm-6:30am so I don't wake up at normal times) when I got it to start and run smooth enough I would feel comfortable moving the thing, I got back in it, put it in 1st, released the clutch and NOTHING. For a second I thought, "oh check the clutch fluid" and quickly remembered it is not hydraulic. I did tow it home with the T-Case in neutral. When I release the clutch, I don't even feel anything engage. There is no noise; nothing. I guess my question in all of this is, what should I look for when I wake up. Probably the most important part of this is, the Jeep sat for over 3 years in the same spot. This isn't my first AMC, but it is my first CJ, and my first manual AMC. Thank you for any and all suggestions.

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Unread 03-05-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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I did tow it home with the T-Case in neutral.
Is the TC still in neutral, because it won't go anywhere if it is? Move the TC shift lever into a gear and try again.

How far did you tow it home? Normally just putting the TC in neutral for short distances is fine, but the rear drive shaft would need to be removed if towing longer distances.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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Is the TC still in neutral, because it won't go anywhere if it is? Move the TC shift lever into a gear and try again.

How far did you tow it home? Normally just putting the TC in neutral for short distances is fine, but the rear drive shaft would need to be removed if towing longer distances.
T-case position was first thing checked, and honestly it was about 35-40 miles. I know I have towed further without popping the driveshaft. Also honestly thanks to mother nature it didn't look like it would come out too easy ;-)
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Unread 03-05-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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Trans not in gear - not likely but could try another gear like reverse

Transfer case in neutral - checked - did u try 4H or 4L ? (Don't forget to lock in the hubs)

Clutch linkage - is the linkage connected to the throw out brg lever? This connection is where the adjusting rod fits into a indent pocket in the lever. There's nothing to hold the rod in place except the adjustment and spring tension of the rod.
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