Was stuck in snow and had to go forward and reverse several times to get unstuck. backed up and then drove foward after unstuck. then would not go in reverse. gear selector says nutural but is really in drive. someone told me it could be a frozen linkage or streched cable? please help.
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Re: my 1996 mercury mystique wont go into reverse
Not a frozen linkage....the cable could be stretched but you should be able to putit in a different gear and get reverse if that is the case..it my have messed up the transmission as well. take it to a shop and find out what they have to say
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The two items in question are the linkage (center console or column shift) and the neutral safety switch.
Check the reverse light to see is it on.
Inspect and tighten the neutral safety switch mounting bolts.
The center plastic (white gear) is worn.
Replace this switch will fix the problem.
u should check ur transmission fluid to see if it is dark (burnt) if so ur gonna b outa luck u most likely burnt it up. fluid will also have a strong burnt smell if it is black. trannys build up alot of heat wen trying to get unstuck in snow an ice. diminished air flow through radiator or trans cooler wen stuck also adds more heat to the unit,especially wen running it hard on ice. they get hot really fast
the valve body in the trnasmission is stuck thats why you should not hammer the back and forth motion on todays cars/trucks they are not built for that abuse only thing to do is have it taken to the transmission shop and have them fix the problem (transmission rebuild) also make sure you go to someone who will not just put a shift kit into the transmission thats just a temp fix
sounds like when you got it stuck you tryed to get it out and got the clutches hot and they stuck / welded when you put it in revurse does it pul the engine speed down like it is in gear but you give it gas and wont move trying to go forward and back at the same time sounds like trans rebuld time
I HAD A 98 MYSTIQUE OR SHOULD I SAY (MISTAKE).MY HEAT GAUGE , GAS GAUGE , AND SPEEDOMETER WORKED WHEN THEY WANTED TO . NEVER DID FIGURE IT OUT AFTER 3 YEARS. DID FIX MY PROBLEM WITH THE CAR HOWEVER ( I SOLD IT !) THERE AN ELECTRICAL NIGHTMARE.