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Car wont go into reverse and when in park step on gas will go forward

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Check your shift linkage

Posted on Dec 10, 2012

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  • tambera corsey Dec 10, 2012

    what is a shift link and does it apply to a 1980 caprice

  • Gary Hill Dec 10, 2012

    yes it is a set of rods that goes from your shifter to your transmission it is loose or has moved so that the selector is not putting your transmission in the right gear

  • tambera corsey Dec 10, 2012

    Thank You for responding where are they located to take a look and can I fix it myself?

  • Gary Hill Dec 10, 2012

    depends if your mechanicaly inclined but probably a bushing or cotter key gone but it looks like an arm off your steering under the hood get someone to move it while you are under the hood to see where i mean then you have to follow it to see whats wrong

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