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single mom cant shift!!

Alrighty, so I have a 94 2door jeep cherokee, straight six. so far she has been great....
Now, I got problems!!!
When she gets hot, she does not want to shift....at all!!! thinking i was low on tranny fluid, cause my mustang does kinda the same thing when shes thirsty, I put on my late husbands carhart suit and climbed underneath.
Nope, she has tranny fluid! figgered while I was down there i gave her an oil change too.
just came back from a 60mile trek into idaho and back, and dang, she doesnt want to shift again. so, turned her off, stuck her in 2nd gear, and limped back up my hill to home.
could this be the transfer case?? dont think it is the clutch, cause she goes from 1st to reverse when she is just sitting, and I took my foot off while in gear and she shut down immediately.
I'm a single mom, trying to do all this stuff on my own, and really dont have the money required for a mechanic, so i am truly hoping i can take care of whatever is the problem!!
Just today put in for vacation on 5th and 6th to take my 16yr old boy camping..I have to be mom and dad now!
so someone out there any ideas????
it only happens when she gets hot????
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:22 PM
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Re: single mom cant shift!!

When it does shift, you do hear any grinding noise?
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Re: single mom cant shift!!

Good question Marcus.

Can you get it into and out of gears while stationary when it is hot and not wanting to shift? You may want to check the condition of the fluid and possibly consider draining it and filling it up with fresh fluid.

When it does it next time try applying the clutch quickly and shifting it into a gear (all quickly). You may have a master/slave cylinder concern and typically if you have a failing seal if you slam the clutch and grab a gear before the failing seal allows the clutch to reingage it will drop into gear. Just doing this will tell you if you have a hydraulic clutch circuit failure... this isnt 100% going to diagnose the car but if it drops into gear while doing this I would start with a new clutch master/slave assembly (not sure if they come together on your rig or not). Just know if this is the problem and you get it into a gear its going to start reengaging the clutch and now your in gear so either keep your for firmly on the brake and let the vehicle die or be somewhere that you can start driving

By the way you speak of your husband it sounds as though something has happened recently, reguardless of time I am sorry for your loss. Ill keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers!
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Question Re: single mom cant shift!!

Hi guys, thanks for the posts.
First, no, no grinding.
Second, when this happens, the only way I can get it in to gear is shut it off, engage clutch and put it in gear, then put my foot down on the clutch and start it.
Then I'm in second gear and limping, it will come out of gear if I use the clutch but wont go into next gear. then its shut it off, and do it all over again.
When it cools down, then she is fine, and it even seems easier to shift?
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Re: single mom cant shift!!

and thank you for the kind words, 2005jgc!
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