1983 Jeep CJ7 Linkage

  • 1983 JEEP CJ7

Transmission problem
1983 Jeep CJ7 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic

The transmission will not go into Park.

Do you
have the same problem?
Thursday, October 28th, 2010 AT 10:58 PM

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See my profile,

I answer a lot of the CJ 5 and CJ7 questions.

I do know the rest of your rig well!

I seldom deal with CJ automatics, I am not a paid mechanic, nor am I paid here, like the certified fellers.

I have many references, and I do work on family and friends' vehicles all the time.

I am a pretty good troubleshooter, and I will help you troubleshoot your issue. If we wind up thinking its in the tranny itself.I would be getting out of my "Juristiction"

So we are gonna determine if its in the column. In the linkage, or in the tranny.

I hope you are sorta mechanical or have some Mechanical Buddy who can assist you. You must also be really SAFETY CONSCIOUS!

1st lets chock the wheels. Front and rear. So it WILL NOT ROLL EITHER WAY!


Make sure the key is on (not part of the problem, working when it should not) The Key SHOULD BE ON (on most automatics, so that the Gearshift will move into positions) I have seen some rigs that it doesn't matter

Really think about any kind of HE// Damage you might have subjected him to.

Next crawl under and look for the OBVIOUS. Stick wedged in, bent or broken linkage, rod ends worn or missing bushings etc. Have your buddy look too, you might have missed something.

Next, lets really look at how the linkage SHOULD work on the tranny, move the shifter and observe what it does.

Pay close attention where "DRIVE" is and which direction it would have to move in order to be in "PARK"

Next, without losing parts, and fully understanding which way stuff goes back (Digital Pics help a lot, also submitted here, might resolve issues also, IF NEED BE!)

Leave the shifter in "DRIVE" (If you are able, or at minimum, observe where its position is now. That is, under your Jeep, linkage position.) Then remove the LINKAGE off of the TRANNY.

2 Tests we're gonna do now,

TEST 1) See if the shifter will shift into park, with linkage removed from tranny. If it will not go, PROBABLY A COLUMN PROBLEM!

TEST 2) See if you can move the tranny into park, as if you were the linkage. If you try pliers or tools, do not exceed the force that the linkage would normally exert. If it will not go, its probably in the tranny itself.

Remember, I do not mess with automatics much, But I will try to help you get any other info that might assist with this issue. Or other CJ issues you have.

Your turn ("reply to question", Below)

The Medic

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