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post #1 of 5 Old 02-14-2003, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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out of gear going down hill

got my cj5 '71 home today. going on a bumpy, downhill, it came out of 1st gear. what's up? also wiper motor works but wipers don't work. any help? think it is linkage, hard to replace?
also breaks don't work good, push to the floor and barely stop, i'm going to bleed them tomorrow, see if it help. linking oil, they said "it's a Jeep"!

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-15-2003, 12:13 PM
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You might check your transmission mounting bolts and make sure they are all tight. Worn shift rail poppet springs will also allow the shift rails to move out of position. Also check to see if your overdrive or output shaft nut is tight. If it is loose, it could allow the transmission mainshaft to move back and forth. If these don't solve the problem then you are very likely in for a transmission rebuild.
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80cj's right. Check your trans mounting bolts first. If they broke or rattled loose over time, it could have let the transmission move foward enough so that when your in 1st, you're really not all the way in first so a good bump would easily knock it out of gear.

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If it is anything like an 85 CJ-7... To fix your wipers lay your front glass down. When you do this you will see the wiper motor and the linkages. There should be two of them. One from the motor to the drivers side wiper and one from the driver side wiper to the passenger side wiper. They are somewhat of a pain to take off just because there is not a lot of working room. Once you get the linkages out and figure out what you need to replace check you local junkyard or jeep graveyard. If you can find them there it is much cheaper. Hope this helps.

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The tranny on the 71 CJ-5 with V-6 should be a Warner T-14A. The shift rails are contained in the shifter cover. In order to check the shifter poppet springs I believe the shifter cover must be removed. I suggested checking mounting bolts (trans to bell housing and transfer case to trans) because any relative movement or looseness between the two can contribute to the trans jumping out of gear plus these bolts are easy to get to so this should be the first place to check. The transfer case holds the transmission rear bearing in position so a loose tranfer case could allow the trans mainshaft to move fore and aft under different load conditions.

My brother had a 68 CJ-5 with the optional T-18A trans and it seems that trans and transfer case mounting bolts were always coming loose. We felt that the odd firing V-6 contributed to this.

As I mentioned, if these suggestions don't help then the trans probably has worn bearings and/or synchros and may need to be rebuilt.
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