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1984 Jeep CJ7, Gear shifting / Linkage problem

In a 1984 Jeep CJ7, Shifting into third gear, the linkage is sticking, or not going into gear at all. The gear shift lever has been replaced which has considerably lessened the issue but the issue remains nonetheless. To ''unstick'' 3rd gear, I found a swift (but definately NOT hard, this has to be done in a diagonal shift and NOT the standard H formation to unstick it) shift back towards second gear releases 3rd gear but nothing else will. When the shifter is in the 3rd gear position, at times it isn't actually in gear and a quick ''slam'' back into third puts it back in gear and allows continued shifting.

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Likely the shift rails are worn inside the trans. In changing shift, you have removed the wear on the end of the stick, but not the corresponding wear where the stick fits into. It will need to be taken apart to repair this. (would not hurt to have synchros replaced at the same time.) OR, replace transmission if you have an inexpensive one available.

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