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I have a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 6-speed manual...runs great and shifts smoothly except for reverse. Sometimes it will go right into reverse as it should, but most of the time it just grinds. It's sometimes helpful if I put it in reverse before turning the key, but not always. I almost feel like I have to forcefully hold the shifter in place, but once it locks in, it does tend to stay in reverse. Is it the clutch? linkage? synchronizers? What kind of $$$ am I looking at to get it fixed? Will I damage it further if I continue to drive it? (I choose parking spots very carefully so I don't have to back out!) but I don't want to cause more damage.

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  • dale blankenship Aug 28, 2010

    If you put it in reverse before starting it, does it grind? Or pop out of reverse? or what?

    With the engine running, and the clutch depressed, does it grind as soon as you try to shift into reverse, or only when you start letting the clutch out?

    Reverse gear is not synchronized. Most likely the clutch is not fully releasing, it may need an adjustment. With it in first, how far up do you have to let the pedal before the car starts moving? It should be about 1/3 to 1/2 of the total pedal travel. With the car stopped and the clutch fully depressed, can you easily shift it in and out of the higher gears (4-6)?

    It may be that the shift linkage needs adjustment. Neither of these adjustments are expensive.

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Have you checked the clutch master cylinder fluid level?

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SOURCE: 2004 Jeep Wrangler - Clunking Noise when shifting out of Park

It could be lash in the differential which is normal, but it could also be a loose u-joint in the driveshaft. Check the rear driveshaft u-joints.

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I had the same problem, but in first gear. What I did to free it up, with the shifter out of the transmission, looking down into the hole you will see two linkages side by side with a slot in each. The trouble is the linkage got out of sink. What you do is put a large screw driver into (shifter lever) slot and try to move them (they are hard to move) to you find neutral.

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Check all your hydraulic connections for seepage . If you find nothing leaking, check where the rod goes into the master cylinder under the dashboard...If still nothing, I'd change the master cyl, as it is likely internally bypassing and permitting the clutch to release. PS it takesa a special "touch" to shift gears without using the clutch, if you cannot do that don't drive it Till you get it fixed...you will damage synchros and will need to have trans removed and rebuilt. $$$you don't want to spend!!!

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SOURCE: 2009 Jeep Wrangler - 4WD shifter linkage (problem & solution)

They acually have an Rapid response for this. This should have been replaced before the car was even sold.

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