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Unread 08-21-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
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97 TJ Tranny issue

Hey guys...I'm new to the forum and new to Jeeps in general. I'm also not mechanically inclined, but I bought a Jeep so that I could learn. Looks like I'm going to get my chance...

Here's my issue. My TJ slips out of 5th gear typically after I let off the gas, coast, or sometimes if I hit a big bump in the road. Any ideas what would cause this? The only gear I have trouble with is 5th...

I'm concerned that it could be the tranny and I don't have the money right now to rebuild/replace it as I used all my cash to buy it.

Your help is very much appreciated!! Thanks!

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Unread 08-21-2011, 02:43 AM   #2
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mileage?
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Unread 08-21-2011, 08:05 AM   #3
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you could try adjusting the shift linkage according to a shop manuel . if that fails , start saving for a second hand on cr's list , and rebuild yours while it's out .
http://www.greatlakesxj.com/tech/AX15.pdf
i see no adjustments to shifting as it is internal . the pdf is good but if you go to great lakes and scroll down you will find 97 xj service manual ,containing a much better tranny section with better photos . also lots of engine stuff . looks like a gear issue or rail or syncro . it's as if the gear isnt fully engaging . try the engine/driveline section of this site . very helpful folks here .

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Definitely not trying to over-simplify things, but I'm a noob too so that's what I do. Start out by looking at the shifter and your center console and make sure they aren't hitting for some reason. Pop loose the bezel that holds the rubber boot in place to really get it out of the way to see if it still keeps popping out.

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Unread 08-21-2011, 03:46 PM   #5
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Definitely not trying to over-simplify things, but I'm a noob too so that's what I do. Start out by looking at the shifter and your center console and make sure they aren't hitting for some reason. Pop loose the bezel that holds the rubber boot in place to really get it out of the way to see if it still keeps popping out.

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that's an awesome point . could have a body lift or t-case drop .
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Unread 08-21-2011, 05:49 PM   #6
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Definitely not trying to over-simplify things, but I'm a noob too so that's what I do. Start out by looking at the shifter and your center console and make sure they aren't hitting for some reason. Pop loose the bezel that holds the rubber boot in place to really get it out of the way to see if it still keeps popping out.

Ike
Tried loosening the bezel...still popping out of 5th.
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Unread 08-21-2011, 05:51 PM   #7
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you could try adjusting the shift linkage according to a shop manuel . if that fails , start saving for a second hand on cr's list , and rebuild yours while it's out .
http://www.greatlakesxj.com/tech/AX15.pdf
i see no adjustments to shifting as it is internal . the pdf is good but if you go to great lakes and scroll down you will find 97 xj service manual ,containing a much better tranny section with better photos . also lots of engine stuff . looks like a gear issue or rail or syncro . it's as if the gear isnt fully engaging . try the engine/driveline section of this site . very helpful folks here .
Thanks herbie. I will probably give it a try next weekend. I'm such a noob tho, I'm afraid of messing stuff up. Since it's my daily driver, I can't really afford a mistake. I'm gonna check out greatlakes tonight. thanks again!
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