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Hard Shifting AX-5 Trans

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Joined: 07 Aug 2004
Location: Ohio

PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 9:26 pm    Post subject: Hard Shifting AX-5 Trans Reply with quote

My 94' Wrangler has an AX-5 trans that is very hard to put in gear. When the motor is off the tranny goes into gear no problem. When it's running at idle or stopped in traffic the trans will not go into any gear unless you force it into gear. Once it's in gear and moving the problem goes away temporarily. The trans runs quiet; there are no noticable gear clashing or bearing noises from what I can hear. My factory repair manual states that common causes of hard shifting are often a result of:
*Low fluid levels in the trans and/or clutch master cylinder
*Contaminated fluids
*Loose/Damaged/Broken clutch release components
*Worn/Broken clutch disc, and/or pressure plate
*Driveline component misalignment
I checked the clutch master cylinder and it is full of good fluid. The clutch seems to be disengaging properly, when I push it in the motor free rev's no problem. I have yet to check the fluid level in the trans itself. I have a spare AX-5 trans/transfer case sitting on the garage floor waiting to go in, but I'd like to fix the one I have in the Jeep now. We all know how much fun tranny swaps are, especially when it's 15 degrees outside lol!
Has anyone else experienced this problem? Does anyone have any other suggestions that aren't already listed above?
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Joined: 20 Dec 2004
Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am having the same problem with a BA10/5 tranny in an 89 Cherokee. I tried putting the transfer case in neutral and shifting while stopped. There were no problems. I read in my repair manual that there is an adjustment for the linkage of the transfer case, which if not done properly can prevent it from shifting fully out of 4wd and can cause some problems. I'm going to give it a shot shortly, I'll let you know how it works out.

Good Luck
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