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2005 TJ slips out of reverse
November 12, 2018
3:59 pm
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A friend of mine recently purchased a 2005 Rubicon TJ with a manual trans. It's bone stock. Apparently, it slips out of reverse. Has anyone experienced this? If so, were you able to resolve it? I did some searching around online and found it's not uncommon but I couldn't find anything definitive on cause/solution. I figured someone in the club would know.




November 12, 2018
4:31 pm
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Yep, happened my current 05 after i picked it up at auction.  There was a service bulletin about it (known issue) so for me it was done under the 7yr 70k warranty.

It was only for part of 2005 and most rigs had this issue within the first 50k miles so it was all warranty covered.  The parts should be much cheaper now and the book time says 3.9 hrs so it shouldn't be too expensive but it does require dropping the transmission. Not likely a driveway fix and probably worth getting multiple quotes.

November 12, 2018
6:45 pm
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Great! Thank you for the info. I think his Jeep has less than 75k. Maybe it's still under warranty. I'll pass on the info. 


November 13, 2018
6:20 am
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I had a problem with my 04 TJ popping out of gear. In my case what had happened is that after wheeling it and hitting rocks I gradually bent the stock transmission cross member (skid plate) up. This lifted the entire transmission and the shifter. This cause the base of the shifter to hit the plastic cross piece that is concealed under the shifter boot. In my case it was popping out of first and third gear (when the shifter was in its two forward positions). I can't recall if there was anything under the boot that could cause it to pop out of reverse but you can check by removing the boot cover and examining how much clearance the base of the shifter has when you put it in reverse. I solved my problem by getting a heavy duty skid plate which was replaced when I converted my Rubicon Express short arm to a long arm kit. It sounds like Kris is on the right track but I just thought I would share my experience with a similar problem and something to watch out for if he wheels it.

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