Dana 18 Sliding Out Of Low Range???

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by Brad, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Feb 8, 2017
    Brad

    Brad New Member

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    1970 CJ5 63K miles with a 134F, T 90 and a single stick Dana 18. Every thing works great. However on occasion the transfer case will quietly and gently slide out of low range into neutral. No drama and not under power but during coasting. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Feb 8, 2017
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member Sponsor

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    Since you have the single stick shifter there might be linkage wear, keeping it from actually shifting all the way into low range and making it easily back out of gear.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2017
    Twin2

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    yep that's what I was thinking . linkage out of adjustment . if I remember right , when mine was in low . shifter would be all the way out and maybe 1" off of floor
     
  4. Feb 9, 2017
    Keys5a

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    Classic case of not fully engaging low range. When new, the single stick had very pronounced detents for each of the 4 positions. Between dirt/mud, and either lots of use or seldom used, shifting gets both stiff and sloppy.
    Replacing the pressed ball joints (riding lawnmower tie rod ends) and cleaning up everything will restore the proper shifting, along with carefull adjustment.
    If you watch the linkage movement when engaging low range, you should notice slop in the ball joint that doesn't allow for full travel of the shift rod.
    -Donny
     
  5. Feb 12, 2017
    Brad

    Brad New Member

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    Thanks I will check that ASAP.
     

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