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Too old to bother repairing whats happening is either the gear linkage need resetting or most likely is the spring loaded ball bearing that locks into the indent in the selector rod has worn out .Either way a 1985 vehicle isnt worth the hassle of a repair although parts will still be available but this will necitate removing the gearbox to repair and then stripping it completely apart
Posted on Jan 03, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
your linkage on the transmission must be off. try having someone move the shifter while you watch the linkage arms under the car on the trans to make sure its all intact. it could be a loose or broken bolt on the trans causing it to not disengage from reverse this will cause it to not start.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
SOURCE: shifter stuck in reverse
make sure shifter forks are lining up were they go? they fit into slots on the synchro/gear housing? and the cover has dowl pins to line it up ? autodoc
Posted on Aug 27, 2009
Your reverse light swicth is ether loose,bad or out of adjustment.The reverse is located on the trans.Also the shifter linkage might need to adjusted My first guess is the swicth.
Posted on Mar 15, 2010
SOURCE: Have an 05 cobalt with
CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL.IF OKAY.IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE YET TRANSMISSION FLUID AND FILTER CHANGE IS DUE AT 100000 MILES.IF ALL IS GOOD YOU COULD HAVE FAULTY TRANSMISSION RANGE SWITCH.HAVE TRANSMISSION CODE SCAN FOR TRANSMISSION FAULT CODES.
Posted on May 24, 2011
This happened to me. And googleing the solution was very unproductive so I decided to take stuff apart and figure it out. I fixed it. Here's how. First, other forums told me that pressing on the brake releases a lever that allows you to shift from park, and that is true. Then I was told that the mechanism that releases that lever is broken and you can remove the gear shift trim, press on a pink lever to release the gear shift. That did NOT work and besides, when I pressed on the brake, I still heard the 'click' and that told me that the brake/release mechanism still functioned and that I should look elsewhere for the problem.
Here's what ultimately solved the problem. I had to remove the gear shift housing. In order to do that, I had to remove the center console. At first, it seemed like a daunting task but in the end, screw/fastener removal was logical and the parts went back together in a snap. Still, my wife saw the project mid-progress and got scared. No worries, happy ending. Anyway, once I removed the gear shift housing, I noticed another pink lever that was never mentioned in any of my google attempts. This other pink lever fits in a notch within the gear shift assembly and should be released as soon as you push the gear shift to the right on it's way down to the reverse position but only if the key is turn to the 'On' position. This lever is spring loaded. In my case, the little tiny plastic clip on the inside of the gear shift housing that holds a 10 cent spring (I'm guessing its 10 cents) was broken. That's it.
So my choices were to either by a new gear shift housing assembly for $300+ or use a dremmel tool to saw off the portion of the this pink lever that fits inside the aforementioned notch. I'm broke so I chose the later. 3 hours later, my 2006 Pacifica was mobile again. So what's the down side of sawing that piece off? Now it's possible to pull the key out of the ignition while the car is still running. If you can deal with that, you can save a lot of money. However, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF HARM COMES TO YOU OR YOUR CAR BY PERFORMING THE SAME FIX AS I DID! But now you know.
Posted on Jun 03, 2011
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