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1985 CJ T4 transmission trouble getting it into gear

I have an 1985 CJ with about 200K on it. Since I had the leaking seals on the transmission replaced it has been tough to get it into first. You have to push the stick all the way forward and hold it there until it catches or the gears grind. Once it is in gear, however, it does not pop out. When you let the clutch out. This seems like it must be a linkage problem, but will take it apart tomorrow to see. Any thoughts on what else I might be looking for that could cause these symptoms?

Would prefer to be upgrading the transmission but will save that for the day when I have the time and the money to put a new engine in as well. For the time being, just want to keep this one on the road.

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  • kendmill Mar 20, 2009

    i am working on a 1985 cj7. i have put a newn slave and master cylinder and line on it. on the old slave cylinder thereb was a white bushing on it. what is called . when i put on the new one it broke and i need to find a new on. any help would be appreciated.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    did you get the clutch adjustment right after r&r?, Sounds like the cllutch isn't releasing all the way which would show up more at a standstill into first than it would while in motion (where if you're good at it you can shift without the clutch).



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In your tranny u have shift forks that are attached the syncos that slide over the teeth on the side of ur gear. I think whats going on is that the little retainer sping inside ur synco in stuck not alowing the teeth to grab or the friction material is worn not alowing the first gear to slow down hope i helped u figure out the proplem.

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I had same trouble with my cj7 have u checked the tranny fluid? have u changed the tranny screen ?clogged? if none of these work its time for a new tranny

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