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post #1 of 7 Old 03-31-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Shifter Issues on T176

The transmission shifts and works fine in all gears on my 1980 CJ7. However, once you take it out of reverse the shifter won't go to 1st unless you put the shifter in 3rd gear first. Basically, to get the shifter to go anywhere after you back up you have to move it directly to the 3rd gear position then back to neutral. After that is works with no problems.

Also, about once every month or so the shifter will slip out when changing gears. It requires me to take the boot off, remove the side pins on the tower, and the retaining clip to line the shifter back. I have used a "T176 shifter kit" to replace the worn down parts when this happened the first time to create better tension on the shifter.

What is going on? Is the problem a worn out shift lever? Is there a replacement for the shift lever? How can I fix this?


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post #2 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 04:25 PM
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Perhaps the synchros for 1st are going out, or a bent shift fork. Mind you I'm no trans expert

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 07:20 PM
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You've got worn out shift lugs in the transmission. You will probably end up replacing the the 3-4 shift lug and possibly the 1-2 fork. They've worn to the point that the end of the shifter slips out between them. It's pretty easy to repair being a top-loader tranny. Put it in nuetral and remove the cover, the parts you need to replace come out with the cover.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-29-2010, 01:31 PM
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So if you replace the shift fork, should you replace the shift rails at the same time? Would that "tighten" the shifting up?

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The shift rails should be fine. They won't show much wear at all.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-03-2010, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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What about the shift rail spring balls? Should I go ahead and replace those as well?
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