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98 Grand Cherokee shifter wont stay in place (moves freely)

My 1998 Grand Cherokee shifter moves freely from gear to gear without pushing in the button. How can I fix this?

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  • springrj22 Nov 15, 2008

    Yes, there is still tension when I push the button, but the shifter will still move between gears if I try it. The transmission doesnt slip at all, but if you accidentally hit the shifter, you can change the gear.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Does the button have any tension when you press it? Does it feel like the spring is broken?

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There should be a c-clip on handle remove clip pull handle top off you'll find plastic rod is jammed

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  • darin brown Nov 16, 2008

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