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The lever/handle of gear shift just went loose/floppy and is difficult to get into gear. Please, can anyone tell what happened and how to fix it. In 50 yrs of driving I've never seen this

Not sure what else to add, it just happened this afternoon ... I'm not mechanically inclined but can tackle a few things with pictures (64 yr old female)

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  • China Lanier Feb 10, 2012

    Please, where do I look to find the linkage? Sorry to sound stupid but for this, I am. Do i look under the hood or is this something in the steering column?

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Sounds like something has come apart, i'd check the linkage to the transmission, sounds minor.....

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