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post #1 of 6 Old 05-30-2016, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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CJ trans question

Question about a 79 CJ5 that I'm looking to buy. It's a 3 speed trans w/ a 304. First, I'm new and know nothing....
The guy said that the front axle was replaced by a previous owner and now appears to be stuck in second gear. Apparently it never operated correctly after the axle replacement. He said that it will drive but won't shift out of gear. He also said that the gear shifter will move as if to shift but nothing happens.
Anyone seen this before? What are my options.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-30-2016, 09:57 AM
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So they replaced the axle and the transmission is stuck in 2nd? Huh? I don't believe one has anything to do with the other unless maybe they are two different ratios and the transmission is what bound up and broke. It sounds like the shifter/ shift fork is broken.
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Yeah he told me that the problem started immediately after the axle change. If it is what you say, what options do I have? Would swapping trans be the most cost effective/less of a headache???
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Yeah he told me that the problem started immediately after the axle change. If it is what you say, what options do I have? Would swapping trans be the most cost effective/less of a headache???
Find a different jeep.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-30-2016, 10:47 AM
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If you have two different axle gear ratios, that will have to be fixed if you ever intend to use 4X4. If that broke something in the transmission, you now have 2 different problems. Re-gearing an axle is about $1,000, plus or minus a few hundred depending on what brand of gears you choose and local labor rates.

If you have a 3 speed in a '79, it's probably a T150. Not great ratios, but pretty strong. I don't know how much a rebuilt unit would be, but the T5 for my 1983 CJ-7 was $850 rebuilt or $1300-1500 for a new one.

EDIT: these prices are for the transmission only, I'd guess another $600+ for labor if you can't do it yourself.

I'd also look for another Jeep unless you're willing to invest several thousand in repairs, or you can get a mechanic to verify what is actually wrong and give you an estimate prior to purchase.



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I appreciate y'alls advice. Thanks!
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