I was driving down the road in my 1989 Jaguar XJ6 when the transmission seemed to shift into neutral. I pulled to the side of the road and the linkage is still there, there's brand new fluid, and no transmission. Any thoughts?
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Re: transmission went out
This is internal gear separation. this can happen when the transmission is either old or, hasn't been serviced in a while. the gear ratio can become unstable during long term driving and, if not serviced properly, it will fail. this type of high efficiencytrany can be quite fragile considering the age of this motor vehicle. i suspect many seal issues as well. i would rebuild as soon as possible.
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You will have to move the selector lever which is located on the driver side of the transmission. Go under the car below the driver door and you will see the selector lever on the side of the transmission where your broken cable is attached. I believe neutral is the second "click" you feel when you move the lever manually from the left to the right. Try moving the lever one click at a time until you find neutral.
Make sure the parking brake is on when you do this, other wise the car could roll right up on you.
The switch is mounted on the side of the shift lever assembly. You must remove the centre part of the center console. The switch is on the side of the assembly and has 2 screws to allow adjustment, slacken the screws, put the transmission in neutral and move the switch a fraction at a time and try to start the car, when you can, then this is ok, also check that the lamps are working correctly when you move the shift lever, that they illuminate in the right position, tighten the switch and put everything back.