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1988 , a very old car.
so is it a manual or a automatic, surely we cant guess this.
post the full symptoms.
like this?:
I cant; move the shift lever.
no matter where i put my lever, the car goes backwards.

and even more important, you can not select neutral
and last
when did car last run right, as a daily driver. last week , last decade?
ok, how many miles on this car,100k 500k?

Posted on Dec 28, 2013


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I have a 1988 Toyota Celica, after a snow storm and few really cold days(-53c with wind chill) I had tried to drive it but it suddenly would not shift our of reverse I believe it maybe be the cables

this a STICK shift. a manual transmission..... clear.

way up north and -53C is -13c more than car was designed to handle.
H3LL even gasoline fails to evaporate at that temp.
would not shift..???
does would not mean, the lever is stuck (iced) or it lever does move
but the transmission fails to leave, reverse.
2 different things.
and you can open the hood and see if the tranny shifter linkage does
move in direct relation ships to the shift lever.

the gear shift is cable linked to to the gear box.
on most M/T they must move, or is seized.
sure it can seize at -53C sure..... just look at it and see that.
if the lever moves, and the cable just bends. then the tranny
is just stuck , frozen.
just a little moisture and bam stuck. at shifter, cable or trans.

id keep a propane torch in car there.
sure would and use a heater garage at home. sure would.

my ASE friend in Alaska, does heavy equipment,
He flies to work in his private plane every day,,,,
and some times, they never turn it off. the engines.
and on some spray the whole lower engine and trans
with foam rubber so the engine can retain heat.
endless stories from him on topic.

my i recommend any ASE mech that can help there.
find one and ask him what he'd do, and do it.

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