4x4 shifter makes rattling sound

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Subject says it. You can stop the noise by putting some pressure on the shift lever but i'd like to fix this -- used to see pickup w/a rubber band serving this purpose. How common is this and how easy is it to fix it?
 
I don't know if it's any comfort, but my FJ60 does this too. Just enough to be annoying. Pressure forward or back completely eliminates the noise, and the transfer shifts normally and doesn't pop out of gear.
 
Mine also does the same thing in my 77 FJ40. If you figure it out, post a solution.

Thanks
 
My 40 rattled good too. Here's how I eliminated the annoyance. Took out the shifter and mechanism and greased liberally. While it was out I did the gate mod. After assembly I wiped off the excess grease to avoid collecting dirt. 4 months later still no rattle.
 
I slid a short section of heater hose down the shifter so it provided a rubber cushion agianst the shifter gate. It isn't 100% quite, but a hell of a lot better than it used to be. It doesn't interfere with shifting, and it is not visible below the shifter boot.
 
Got this cure from Mark Whatley on the Toyota Trails staff:
Loosen the pivot bolt for the shifter so it canslide sideways out about 1/4". You will see a round looking pin that engages into the 2wd/4wd shift mechanism slot on the front nose cone of the tcase. Place a liberal dollop of silicone sealer into the slot. Now slide the shifter back over until the end engages and squishes the silicone out of the 2wd/4wd mechanism slot. Re-tighten the pivot bolt and let the whole assembly sit for 12 hours while the silicone sets up.

I did this 4 years ago, and it has yet to rattle again..... :cheers:
 
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My 40 rattled good too. Here's how I eliminated the annoyance. Took out the shifter and mechanism and greased liberally. While it was out I did the gate mod. After assembly I wiped off the excess grease to avoid collecting dirt. 4 months later still no rattle.
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OK...what's the gate mod?
 
Just curious...what's the root cause of this? Is something worn out that can easily be replaced?
 
There are two plastic bushings that wear out on the t-case shifter. I put news ones in my BJ42, and 2-3 years later is is rattling again. Gonna try the sillycone next time.

gb
 
are these two bushings pretty accessible from inside the truck?
 

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