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    VIDEO : ROADSIDE REPAIR - How to FIX an Atlas Shift Lever Rattle

    If you're one of the few out there who actually drive a built up Jeep (this as opposed to towing everywhere) or any rig for that matter and have an Atlas transfer case, there may come a day when you find that the shift levers will start rattle or vibrate loudly. This typically happens when decelerating after passing a car or truck on the highway and at speeds of over 80 MPH. Also, the vibration will mainly come from the shift lever that engages front wheel drive and that usually gets people looking for the problem in all the wrong places. In this short video, you'll get to see what I'm talking about, what the problem really is and how you can fix it, even while out on the road. I hope you find this episode of ROADSIDE REPAIR to be helpful.



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    Gotta love how something so simple can turn people down the wrong road and lead to tons of issues. Glad to see its such a simple fix! Thanks for the video
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    Nicely done. But as soon as you said the problem occurs when you deccelerate from 90 mph, I knew Id never have the worry about it.


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    Haha yeah I've gotten to 85 but that's about it. Simple fix bit a lot of undoing to get to.

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    Nice. So it's just as simple as retorquing the output nut?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cozdude View Post
    Gotta love how something so simple can turn people down the wrong road and lead to tons of issues. Glad to see its such a simple fix! Thanks for the video
    It's tough because this is a common problem but a misleading one. Most people assume the problem resides in the transfer case shift levers or that the problem is a caused by the front drive shaft being that's the lever that rattles. Also, the rear pinion nut can be off by just a few foot pounds and on really tight and still cause this problem. It took me quite a bit of research years ago to figure this one out and thought this video could be helpful to others.

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    Nicely done. But as soon as you said the problem occurs when you deccelerate from 90 mph, I knew Id never have the worry about it.
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    Haha yeah I've gotten to 85 but that's about it. Simple fix bit a lot of undoing to get to.
    LOL!! Clearly, this isn't a normal Jeep problem but one that some may experience with the right engine under the hood

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Nice. So it's just as simple as retorquing the output nut?
    Yup, it's that simple. It needs to be set at least to 150 ft. lbs. If it's off by a bit, it'll allow for the vibration to occur.

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    Do you have another leak or was this filmed when you had the transfer case leak awhile back?


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Do you have another leak or was this filmed when you had the transfer case leak awhile back?
    LOL - It's the same leak, I just never got around to fixing it. I'd literally have to remove the entire long arm system up front before I could even begin to pull the transfer case and that's what would need to happen to get to the input shaft seal. Aside from the mess, it's really not that big of a deal especially being that I have a sight tube.

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    NIce video. Im sure Ill never actually have to do this repair but I sure could use a pair of shot glasses :-)

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