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This is a relatively common problem on these new Chryslre 300s.The failure is in the shifter assembly itself and it will need to be replaced. But for now, to limp around, you can actually still shift the car, you just cannot use the shifter.You will need to remove the center console and find where the shift linkage attaches to the shifter assembly. Remove the linkage and you can manually shift until you replace the shifter assembly.Here is how to remove the center console:
Apply the parking brake.Turn the ignition switch to the On position, apply the service brakes and place the gear selector lever into the Neutral position.Turn the ignition switch to the Off position and release the service brakes.Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.Remove the mat (2) from the cubby bin at the front of the floor console.Open the lid of the console rear bin and remove the mat (3) from the rear bin.Remove the two screws (1) that secure the front of the console shifter bezel to the console.Using a trim stick unsnap the console bezel from the console.Remove the shifter bezel from around the gear selector lever.
Remove the three 8 mm bolts (2) from the rear bin that secure the console to the floor panel transmission tunnel.Remove the two screws (3) that secure the front of the console to the instrument panel.Slide the console rearward far enough to access and disconnect the jumper wire connector (4) from the accessory power outlet on the underside of the console.Remove the floor console from the vehicle.-------------- Thankyou.
Your vehicle is equiped with a Brake Shift Interlock which means if the brake is not pressed the shifter will not go out of park. That switch could be bad. You can bypass this shift by using the following procedure. I hope this helps and good luck.
NOTE: Remove the shift ball only if the shift ball, boot or lever (7E067) is being replaced. Removal
Raise vehicle on hoist and position suitable safety stands under vehicle.
Prior to removing the control lever assembly (7E069), be sure the shifter is in the 2H position.
Loosen (do not remove) the nut retaining the shift handle (7E067) to the control lever assembly (7E069). Remove the shift handle (7E067) from the control lever assembly (7E069).
Remove the vent hose (7D494) from the notch in the detent plate.
Remove the control rod (7A315) from the control lever assembly (7E069).
CAUTION: When removing the control rod (7A315) off the control lever assembly (7E069), do so very gently so as not to damage the control lever assembly.
Loosen (do not remove) the large pivot bolt holding the control lever assembly (7E069) to the detent plate.
Swing the control lever assembly (7E069) out of the way and remove the two bolts (39129-S2) retaining the detent plate to the transmission extension housing. Remove the entire control lever assembly from the vehicle.
Prior to installing the control lever assembly, be sure the transfer case link (7B106) is in the 2H position (pointing upward).
Install the two bolts (39129-S2) to retain the control lever assembly (7E069) to the transmission extension housing and tighten to 92-125 Nm (68-92 ft-lb). Refer to the following illustration for bolt hole application.
Attach the control rod (7A315) to the control lever assembly (7E069).
Tighten the large pivot bolt to 92-125 Nm (68-92 ft-lb).
Attach the vent hose (7D494) into the notch in the detent plate so the white mark is flush to the outside surface of the plate.
Install the shift handle (7E067) into the control lever assembly (7E069). Tighten the retaining nut to 27-38 Nm (20-28 ft-lb).
Check transfer case for proper shifting and operation.
gonna have to go back and study her. sounds like a short circuit involving the shifter linkage which is like an aircraft cable or more simply, ten speed brake cable. I say aircraft cable because saabs are more or less a fuselage without the wings, a good car. hang on to her. sounds like the problem started before you even touched her. study saab stuff on the net, recalls , and the like, sounds like some mechanical stuff got in the way of some electrical stuff, probably just from getting old, study it and see how the tranny shifts with a friend, or did , use a strong flashlight or droplight, youll figure it out if you have patience
8 valve manual :http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Official-Service-Manual-1981-1988/dp/0837603102 get the appropriate manual for your car and enjoy the Saab!
Has info on just about every thing, including shifter. You didn't say whether yours is manual or auto. You could source a used shifter from your local Saab specialist or local junk yard, though there aren't too many Saabs at the wreckers; a good sign!
The lower shifter boot is attached to the transmission by 3 10mm bolts. You will need to remove to center consoule and the upper shift boot that attaches to the car to be able to remove the lower boot. Then you can replace the lower boot.