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Two points where it can separate easily... (archive)

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Posted by mikeS on June 27, 2001 at 20:38:31:

In Reply to: shift linkage posted by Ismael on June 27, 2001 at 16:41:10:

Between the shift lever and the transmission are two joints. The first connects the base of the shifter to the shift actuator rod. There is a fat pin that couples the shifter to the actuator rod, and an allen-head setscrew secures the pin. Sometimes these can vibrate apart.

Further forward there is a universal joint, made of a ball-and-socket with two pins at right angles to each other. The joint is covered by a sliding springy metal cover. If one of the pins breaks, the joint disconnect.

If it is neither of these, then the problem is probably inside your transmission, but that is not very likely. The internal portion of the shift rod had a "dog" pinned to it very tightly. If the pin fails and the dog comes off, you will not be able to shift the car.

You can get at the first joint without dropping the driveshaft. The second is a bit more difficult, because it is right over the guibo.


I hope someone has had and resolved this problem. I have a 72 2002 and the shift linkage has "separated" itself from the transmission. It appears to have just been "in" an opening, but not bolted or secured in anyway. Now my car is stuck in gear and the linkage is of course useless. A quick look underneath suggest i have two ways to attack this: 1) blindly fool around, fiddle around until i think the linkage is "connected" or drop the exhaust pipe, drop the drive shaft and fool around, fiddle around while seeing, in an attempt to "connect" the linkage. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Also.......does anyone know a company that sells rocker panels? My passenger side is in need of replacement.

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