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Unread 07-03-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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2000 Pops Out of First

I have searched the forums and found that this is a common issue with the 2000 Wrangler, but what I do not see in these threads is much in the way of advice on how to fix the issue and if there is any damage being done when it pops. When it pops out sometimes it just slips out of first and other times it THUDS out of first. It happens about every fifth or sixth time.

From a stop, shifting into first, let the clutch out and at about 3/4 of the way it will pop. If it does not pop it will stay in gear even when redeploying the clutch. Like in heavy traffic stop and go.

It is time for a clutch and I want to address this all at once.

Also any advice on rebuilt transmissions and clutch kits would be much appreciated.


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Unread 07-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #2
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My 2000 has always done this too since I got it at 130K miles. I just make sure the shifter is pushed fully into 1st, and sometimes I'll hold pressure on it to keep it there when taking off from a stop. I decided to just live with it until it needs a whole new transmission since this has been the only thing wrong with the transmission, even at 210K miles.
2000 TJ, 4.0L, 4" short arm suspension lift, 35" tires, Rear D44 and front HP30 both with ARBs and chromo shafts, NV3550.
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