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Old 06-06-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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Shifter problem...need help asap

on my way out the other night, i started having problems getting into gear. it got a lot worse when i went to go from a light and wasnt moving. turns out i was in third. it would not go into first. so i turned around and headed home with no first gear. it it very difficult to shift into any other gear and reverse is not an option. i had to leave it out in my driveway with the key in it. the whole shifter seems very loose if that helps at all. i did the shifter alignment shown on www.platonoff.com. i can now get into first and it is a little less loose, but when i put it in reverse and start to release the clutch, i just a grind. (so in other words, no reverse still.) anyone have ideas?
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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To me it sounds like your clutch is going bad. When mine started going bad on my 9-3 I had the same issues with reverse and third gear. I was able to baby it in for awhile, but eventually the clutch had to be replaced. It is unlikely that the linkage is responsible.
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the clutch is fairly new. only a few monthes on it and i know that the shifter is not supposed to be loose
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Sorry,What Year car is it and what is it?

If you have a newer style shift linkage, or old for that matter, the bushings could have crapped out. Remove your shift linkage and inspect it. It would be good to pull out the shifter housing and look at the plastic bushings under the shift lever.

If it is hydrolic clutch, you may have a master cylinder failing.
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clutch feels okay to me. i have the manual cable and that was my first thought. so i tightended that up but made no difference. it seems like the stick on the shifter needs to come down more if you will when shifting into reverse for it to engage. im not sure if you follow what im trying to say.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:17 PM   #6
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and its a 95 900s 2.3. no hydro clutch so its not a master cylinder. and its the old linkage
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Take my advice on the shifter linkage. Especially if you have a cable clutch you should upgrade to the newer style linkage. Most junkyards have them around $60 or so.
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okay i dont know how to remove the linkage or anything like that. ill probably have to bring it to my buddys tranny shop and have them take a look at it. i need this back on the road asap.
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Shoot...missed the part about not being able to remove the key. Why did they go to cable driven clutch in the early NG900's? (sorry to thread-jack)
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Have you inspected under the shift boot?

You say the shifter feels loose, so it is possible that the plastic retainer for the shifter is screwed up.



It's possible the retainer has either broken or come loose causing the shifter to move around in the socket rather then shift the transmission.

Just another thing to look into.
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Have you inspected under the shift boot?

You say the shifter feels loose, so it is possible that the plastic retainer for the shifter is screwed up.



It's possible the retainer has either broken or come loose causing the shifter to move around in the socket rather then shift the transmission.

Just another thing to look into.

and how would i know if this is the problem and how would i fix it if it is?
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and how would i know if this is the problem and how would i fix it if it is?

Step one, take the rubber or leather boot and pull it up so you can see.

Step 2, take a pic.
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How is the clutch cable and have tried adjusting it.
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clutch feels okay to me. i have the manual cable and that was my first thought. so i tightended that up but made no difference. it seems like the stick on the shifter needs to come down more if you will when shifting into reverse for it to engage. im not sure if you follow what im trying to say.
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How is the clutch cable and have tried adjusting it.

Seems like it.

I really think the issue is;
Not properly aligned after all.
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Josh's idea about the retainer.
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Seems like it.

I really think the issue is;
Not properly aligned after all.
Shift linkage shot
Josh's idea about the retainer.
I would assume one of the first two options, with the 2nd being most likely.
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alright ill take a pic as soon as i get home from work. my buddy from the tranny shop said it sounds like sync rows and isnt a cheap fix. i hope you guys are right though. ill have the pic later tonight. and cable is fine
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Yeah, lets try the cheap stuff first.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:40 PM   #18
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well my question has been answered and is being fixed so this thread can be removed. and thanks again for all the help. it was the tranny mount along with the linkage
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well my question has been answered and is being fixed so this thread can be removed. and thanks again for all the help. it was the tranny mount along with the linkage
We keep threads around so people can reference it in the future before having to ask the same questions all over again.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:30 PM   #20
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We keep threads around so people can reference it in the future before having to ask the same questions all over again.
alright sounds good to me. in that case ill post all info i can about this fix as i can when i know more about it
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