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post #1 of 10 Old 04-19-2021, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Gear selector trouble 2000 wj v8 45rfe

So I put this $180 transmission in and worked out most of the kinks. I cant figure out how to adjust the cable from the shift lever to the tranny. The issue is that it wont manually go to 1st and is tight in 2nd. At first it was so tight in drive i was worried it would pop into neutral from drive. Its not pinched in the bell housing and I inspected both ends and cant see how to adjust it, other than hitting the metal bracket on the tranny side with a hammer. It's odd that everything lines up in park too. Thanks for reading any help is appreciated.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-19-2021, 12:11 PM
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When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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Disconnect the cable at the trans lever, and see if the shifter moves smoothly or not with it disconnected. If the shifter is still stiff, you need a new cable, or you need to find a way to lube the old one.

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Bigrigr's post has me thinking - if I were to remove console to get to adjuster on a 22 year old jeep I would seriously think about replacing the cable..

When I see the price of OEM I think aftermarket.
When I see the quality of aftermarket I think OEM.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-20-2021, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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I cant imagine something happened to my existing one. I will disconnect it and see how stiff it is without it accessing the end of the cable is simple. i'm trying to do this as cheap as possible.
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i climbed under there and disconnected it from the trans and the cable moves smoothly. ill try playing with the adjuster screw and see if that helps at all.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-20-2021, 11:38 AM
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Which bracket did you use at the transmission end? The one on the "new" trans or the one from the old trans? Perhaps the brackets are slightly different and you just need to swap in the correct one?

Also, can you shift the "new" trans to 1st and 2nd at the transmission, with the cable disconnected? We can't assume that a $180 transmission works properly.
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Yes, sounds like it is something with the "new " trans....

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-21-2021, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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The new trans did not come with a bracket... it moved freely when i was putting it in and connected the cable but it did have only about half the amount of fluid in it at the time. The place i got it from said they pulled it a while ago and it sat for a while. I didn't try adjusting the cable yet and ill have to try and move the trans lever manually in the parking lot at work. im usually always busy and have little time to spare and the wj in question is my daily and only running truck.
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-23-2021, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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The lever on the transmission was bent out at like a 45 in the middle and contacting the cable. I bent it back in and it works fine now. Thanks for the help everyone.
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