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Unread 10-31-2011, 06:55 AM   #1
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Shifting issue

2008 Jeep Compass, Rallye, 5 speed, 2.4 l engine.

Saturday, ran perfect. Got up Sunday morning, the shifter would not allow me to engage any gear except 2nd. So essentially, I could engage the clutch and go from neutral to 2nd, but could shift into NO OTHER gears. It just physically cannot be shifted into 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th or reverse!

Thoughts from you resident mechanics? And should this issue be covered in my lifetime powertrain warranty?

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Unread 10-31-2011, 07:09 AM   #2
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After you get it rolling in 2nd can you then shift it to another gear? It may be syncro/gear alignment or shifter cable/mechanism problems but it should be covered under the Lifetime Warranty.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 07:40 AM   #3
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No...since my driveway has a slope, I was able to use gravity to back out and drive to my local jeep service shop...all in second gear. But at no point could I shift into any other gear.
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Unread 10-31-2011, 10:13 AM   #4
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Well, here is a good one...a walnut got up in the gear box (how, who knows) and was physically preventing my shifting. Damn squires!
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Im sorry to hear that, But that is the best thing i have heard in a while. A walnut of all things. Imagine that! I can just picture myself in your position driving all the way to the dealer doing 20mph in 2nd gear... But I'm glad everything is ok now!
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Luckily, the dealer was less than two miles away and all in town roads! ANd luckily, my driveway slopes downward. But boy, when you hear the engine rev about 3000rpms, "habits" sure wants you to shift!
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I'm laughing only because I had a similar issue with a walnut that some squirrel put in between the steering shaft and the frame years ago on the GC. The wife drove home that night and complained about an odd noise when she made a right turn. It was like a ratcheting noise and loud.

I'm glad it was an easy fix!
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Unread 10-31-2011, 02:26 PM   #8
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Nothing easy about paying 50 bucks for a damn squirrels lunch! Obviously, the walnut is not considered warranty- eligible!
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Luckily, the dealer was less than two miles away and all in town roads! ANd luckily, my driveway slopes downward. But boy, when you hear the engine rev about 3000rpms, "habits" sure wants you to shift!
Be thankful you don't have the CVT then. You'd be at 3000 RPM all the time.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 08:33 AM   #10
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I essentially spend 55 dollars on a squirrels nuts! :
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A CVT does not require shifting between gears and the walnut would have no affect on RPM.
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A CVT does not require shifting between gears and the walnut would have no affect on RPM.
I think he was making a dig at CVT in general, saying that it's always going to 3000 RPM. (Which isn't true, anyway... I'm a big fan of the CVT and don't really see where the hatred for it comes from, but it seems many aren't thrilled with it.)
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Its always around 2,800-3,200 at freeway speeds. Cvt.
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I think it comes from the perception from the very first test drive that they are slow. I think they are so smooth that you don't really understand how fast your going unless you watch the speedo. Also since the transmission determines the speed, not the engine, ppl don't give it enough gas to get it going, they are used to more a conventional transmission. I am biased and I love mine too so I do expect disagreement on that.

I have some bigger tires and I'm usually doing 2000 - 2300 rpm @ 55ish. I don't get on the freeways much at all. I also don't hesitate to drop it down to 1st off the line or any other gear to merge into traffic when I need too.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:14 PM   #15
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Its always around 2,800-3,200 at freeway speeds. Cvt.
Not for me. Doing 65-75 MPH, I'm usually around 2,100-2,400 RPM (cruise control). It jumps up to 3,000 (sometimes higher) when I hit a steep hill, but that's not really surprising.

Granted, the Compass doesn't pack the punch that some other vehicles do. I've driven a Jeep Liberty for a while, and punching the accelerator practically threw you back in your seat. But that was a more powerful engine, and the mileage was rather poor. On the other hand, I find the CVT to transfer power very well. With previous cars that I've owned, heading up hills was a nuisance: the car would seemingly try to take it in a high gear, and I'd either have to wait for the speed to drop or floor it for the transmission to shift to a lower gear. I guess that's an argument for manual, but with the CVT, it's a non-issue - the Compass is very responsive to my adjustments on the accelerator, and I feel that I can take hills more easily as a result, even with the weaker engine.

I only really have two gripes with the CVT. At high speeds (60+ MPH), it's true that it feels a bit weak. My other complaint is that there's a lot of drag, and the Compass doesn't really "glide" once you take your foot off of the accelerator. But to be fair, my previous vehicle was a Ford Thunderbird, which glided along the road as if it were on smooth, polished ice. I guess I was hoping for more of that. The Compass' drag is about the same (maybe only slightly worse) than most other vehicles. I find that I can improve it slightly by power-shifting (or what ever they call it) to a high gear when going down hills or in other circumstances where I want to coast. Maybe future CVTs will have less drag... on the bright side, it saves my brakes a bit, I suppose
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