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post #1 of 5 Old 10-10-2021, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Gear shift lock?

Iím a very new Jeep owner and just recently my husband and I purchased a 2011 wrangler jk. Iíve always liked the Jeep but couldnít get myself away from high performance cars. Finally at 68 and female we have a beautiful 2011 Jeep sport. Trying to get use to an automatic but we both noticed that there is no locking mechanism on the gear shift knob. Usually there is a button to unlock and lock into gear. Even manuals have a button. Is this standard on all Jeeps?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-10-2021, 03:58 PM
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What manual transmissions have you driven that has a button on the shift knob that would "lock it into gear"? I've never seen such a thing.
I've driven manual transmission vehicles for 40 years and not a single one of them had a button like that.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-10-2021, 08:32 PM
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And there is a locking mechanism on the automatics. It's called the shift interlock. It will not allow the transmission to be taken out of park unless you depress the brake pedal.
This is pretty common these days. All modern vehicles are required to have the shift interlock as a safety feature, not all have a button. Just depends on the make/model.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-11-2021, 09:03 AM
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I believe that the questions is about the reverse lockout that most have, either a latch or a push down to get the manual into reverse to keep from accidentally shifting into reverse while traveling forward. due to the offroad nature of the Jeep and occasionally needing to rock from drive to reverse to extract yourself from a sticky situation, there is no reverse lockout on a Jeep shifter. IIRC the only open top jeep that ever had this 'feature' was the CJ with an SR-4 (weak car transmission) where you had to push down on the shift knob to shift into reverse and TJ's with the automatic and console shift.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-15-2021, 06:35 AM
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There are a lot of auto shifters that come with the button either on the top (vintage) or on the side from the factory as well as aftermarket (B&M etc). Pre 72 Bronco's had a button on the T case shifter as well.
All are console shifters and I don't believe Jeep has offered one in any year.

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