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LINKAGE BOUND UP

I HAD JUST PURCHASED A 91 SUNBIRD W/A2.0L WITH A TRANSMISSION LINKAGE PROBLEM.THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE LINKAGE IS BOUND UP TIGHT THE PREVIOUS OWNER SAID THAT HE TRIED TO ADJUST IT BY LOOSINING AND TIGHTINING THE NUT WITH A IMPACT (WHAT AN IDIOT).MY QUESTION FOR U IS DOES THIS SOUND EASILY FIXABLE BY JUST DROPPING THE PAN AND SEEING WHATS BROKE OR WILL I NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THE LINKAGE WITH JUST THE PAN DROPPED.ANY INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

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Disconnect the shifter cable linkage at the trans. then shift the trans through the gears. if it shifts easily ,replace the shifter cable

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Hello
Try this. Disconnect the transmission linkage under the hood at the
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