I have discovered a very easy fix for that but likely not what most have laying around. If you measure the distance between two of the beads in the unbroken section, you can use that to cut a small piece of plastic air line and drop it in the shifter handle. It will fit between the two beads and keep them from bypassing so the shifter works perfectly again. I used some that was 1/4" ID which made the OD large enough that the small cylinder wouldn't tip over sideways in the shifter tube. If you wanted, you could stick a dab of silicone on the broken end you have out to hold the piece of tubing in place. The diameter has to be small enough that the beads won't go down inside, large enough so it won't tip over when you push the button.
20 bucks for a broken rod? WTF? I've been tossing those in the trash because they are broken.A chopstick works well, I made one out of a plastic coat hanger. You have to taper one end of it to fit into the handle recess.
Ebay has some for sale too. They say '97 to '02 but I'm pretty sure they fit 03-06 too. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Jeep automatic shifter rod&_sacat=0&_udhi=30&rt=nc
Those for sale aren't broken but I agree those rods that probably cost five cents to manufacture are grossly overpriced. Some only want to install what was in there and aren't sure their "fabrication" skills are up to making a chopstick, plastic rod, etc. work without causing a problem.20 bucks for a broken rod? WTF? I've been tossing those in the trash because they are broken.
Hmm... I'm not positive that it's due to it being easier not to, but rather people are taught not to fail from a young age. Failure happens. That's a fact. Rather we need to create an environment where failure is okay and teach what to do after failure.It never ceases to amaze me how the young males in America
My dad was a professional artist and his tools consisted of a rusty hammer, rusty saw, and a couple low quality screwdrivers. He just was not into working on mechanical things, especially our car. He bought new spark plugs for our Oldsmobile intending for the guys at the gas station to change them. At 15 with a cheap set of socket wrenches I had bought from playing in a band, I talked him into letting me change the plugs. I broke 6 of the 8 spark plugs at their porcelain insulators. To his credit he didn't yell at me, he just had the guys at the local Chevron station replace them. I haven't broken another spark plug since then lol.I remember my first time changing my oil on my own. Nobody to teach me and nobody to fix it for me if I messed up. Just a few basic pictures of what to drain and what to fill. If I messed up it would have been a tow truck into town which I could not have afforded at the time. The issue here is that our dad's dads didn't teach them how to do it and they didn't teach us. Thankfully we now have many tutorials online and YouTube videos showing how to do things.
Now you're going to make me pull one apart to check it. Last time I looked at one with an eye on replacing just the beaded rod, there was a roll pin at the bottom of the shifter handle that hand to be driven out so the rod would come out. I don't see that hole in the ones in the pics so now I have to check one more thing.Those for sale aren't broken but I agree those rods that probably cost five cents to manufacture are grossly overpriced. Some only want to install what was in there and aren't sure their "fabrication" skills are up to making a chopstick, plastic rod, etc. work without causing a problem.