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Cant shift into first gear or reverse

If i start out in 1st i can shift into all the gears as iam going down the road but if i dont down shift to the first gear before stoping i will need to shut off the jeep motor to get into first gear again . its a 98 jeep wrangler 4 cylinder 4 weel drive and 5 speed manuel trans. the cluch seams good but a frend said it might be the presure plate is getting old !!!! is he right or is the problem the trans / mabe the sincrow gears ?? can some one help please that knows jeeps

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  • NitrusInc
    NitrusInc May 11, 2010

    Just a suggestion. Usually this is caused by the 1st syncro in the set for 1st gear becoming worn, as this is the first to go.

    Second opinion strongly suggested.

    Just trying to help.



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You are likely correct...sounds like the synchro is shot or the shift fork is somewhat worn. Is fluid full?
As long as the clutch does not slip and is engaging and disengaging somewhere in the center to just below center of travel, it's OK.

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