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Jeep Wrangler Broken Shift Rod in Gear Shift Handle

My wife has a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. She had backed it up into the yard to wash it one day this summer. When she was done and went to move the Jeep forward, the gear shifter would not come out of park. Me being the mechanic and good husband that I am took a look at it and quickly found the concern.

The shifter release button did not feel like it was operating correctly. I took the t-handle off by pulling up on it. If you do this make sure to not hit the rearview mirror as it is quite a snug fit. (I was prepared and did not hit the mirror.)

I inspected the detent rod and found that it was broken.

This was a super easy fix. I took a plastic coat hanger and cut it to the length of the original plastic rod. Then I made a small dimple in the bottom of the new rod. Next I whittled down the plastic coat hanger to fit within the t-handle.

I dropped the rod in place and installed the t-handle with a firm smack.

The Jeep dealer will have to sell you the whole gear shift mechanism for around $100 plus labor. My version was less than a dollar and under an hour.

Now you cannot beat that!

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