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Transmission detent problem

ErikOffroad

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Nov 13, 2018
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This piece broke on my Jeep under the shift selector. I put a piece of pipe in its place for now to get the transmission to shift. I couldn’t find the part to purchase. Anyone know where I can buy one

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toximus

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Mine broke within the first year of ownership. Over 60k miles later the metal rod is still working great.
 

mrblaine

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This piece broke on my Jeep under the shift selector. I put a piece of pipe in its place for now to get the transmission to shift. I couldn’t find the part to purchase. Anyone know where I can buy one

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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.
 
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mrblaine

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Jerry Bransford

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20 bucks for a broken rod? WTF? I've been tossing those in the trash because they are broken.
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.

Rant/On.... It never ceases to amaze me how the young males in America are so unable to perform even the basics of maintenance/work on their cars. We all know the reasons why, it's harder to work on a car than it is to play games on the cellphone their parents gave them. Not to mention high schools have stopped offering auto shop classes.
 
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ErikOffroad

ErikOffroad

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Nov 13, 2018
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Texas
Ya I left the bottom in and used a flared piece of brake line but it seems harder to push in than it did from before the repair
 

toximus

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It never ceases to amaze me how the young males in America
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.

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 -- this is again creating an environment where we can fail safely because we can search how to correct it.
 
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Jerry Bransford

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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.
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.
 
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ErikOffroad

ErikOffroad

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Nov 13, 2018
313
Texas
And to Jerry’s rant. Go up to rotchester ny where I learned how to
Wrench. U can’t many repairs without a torch set and a impact gun and a compressor as well as a tap and die set and a drill. More tools than most people own
 

mrblaine

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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.
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.