How to Remove a Wrangler TJ Shifter

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Removing the transmission shifter from your Jeep Wrangler requires removal of the centre console inside the Jeep. From there you can access the bolts that hold the shifter in place. The shifter is unlikely to fail as a unit, but if it does you can perform this removal with little effort. A new shifter is available from the Jeep dealer or you can source a used shifter through a salvage yard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flat screwdriver
  • Trim stick
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet

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  1. 1

    Sit in the Jeep and grasp the handle on the top of the shifter. Pull it straight up, popping it off the shaft. It will come off hard but that is normal.

  2. 2

    Remove the cover in the base of the cup holder, using a small screwdriver to pry it out. Pop the trim bezel loose around the shifter using a flat screwdriver or trim stick then lift it over the top of the shifter.

  3. 3

    Remove the bolts under the trim bezel and in the cup holder with a socket and ratchet. Lift the console over the shifter and set it aside.

  4. 4

    Locate the wiring harness connection on the side of the shifter, depress the locking tab on the connection and separate the two halves. Disconnect the shifter cable from the side of the shifter by popping the retaining clip loose from the mount pin with a screwdriver, then pull the cable off the pin.

  5. 5

    Remove the four bolts securing the shifter to the floor using a socket and ratchet. Lift the shifter off the floor and remove it from the Jeep.

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