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Tranny pops into neutral if i push on gas pedal hard

I push the gas pedal and i have some resistance when the car is in gear. if i push hard enough the tranny pops into neutral

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  • carlccbigs Jun 02, 2009

    yes the neon is an auto matic gas pedal has little resistance when in park. but in drive it is sorta stiff.push hard enough and it pops out of drive and into neutral

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Thats what I thought. Locate your shift cables on drivers side where they attach to transmission on top. The linkages they are attached to are very prone to seizing up because of the location of them. Your throttle valve cable is there to on the very top of that linkage. You need to get lots of penetrating spray (like WD-40) on there and keep working them until they move freely. Eventually you'll be able to move that top part by hand easily, turn it back & forth until it loosens up real good. Once you get them moving freely, give them a good coat of spray grease like with lithium grease. that should last quite a while. You may be able to get at it better by removing battery & tray if it's on that side still & in the way of getting to it. Have you had any hard downshifting or hanging up & revving high before it goes in to next gear when driving?

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