MOPAR Transfer Case Shift Cable BushingDoesn’t look like much, does it? However, this part, this small piece of high-grade nylon material, can get old, brittle, cracked, and eventually - will probably fall off, leaving you in a world of hurt. You are probably asking yourself, why do I need this? Because it is one of those parts you, have to have. Without it, you cannot shift your Jeep properly in and out of 2WD / 4WD, or sometimes, you cannot even put it in neutral.
If you want to inspect your bushing on your JK Wrangler Jeep, it is at the end of the transfer case cable, which runs from the (interior) console that has the selector, down to the transfer case itself. Some people complain about the bushing because they go bad, but cars and trucks have been using these types of bushings for decades. Heat kills them, as does other weather conditions and they get old. When I worked at Ford, they used a similar bushing on the throttle linkage on the EFI V8s (around 1987-1996 or so). Every counterman knew what that bushing number was by heart, enough to walk back and just get one off the shelf. Heat in the engine compartment baked them till they crumbled, and they failed often. This shifter bushing is no different. Thankfully, you can replace just the bushing. On some GM vehicles, you have to buy the entire cable. The bushings are not sold separately. So here’s why we are bringing this up. THESE BUSHINGS ARE CHEAP. What’s the cost of not being able to shift or move your Jeep? If you cannot get it into neutral, you might not even be able to tow it. Now you are down for the count. You are 100 miles into the woods, the nearest parts store or dealership is hours away, and you have got a major problem.