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Car will not shift into gear

Started car,shifted into reverse & backed up 5 feet,shifted into drive - nothing! back to reverse - nothing - no click into gear. totally immobile.locked in park(wheels locked-no neutral).(floor)shifter stops at reverse and drive,but not neutral,d2,or d1-slides right past.
trans? linkage? please help,i'm literally stuck.

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  • garsan159 Jul 04, 2009

    old fart58 - Thanks.I think I got that far,but forgot to mention that when stuck,tow guy actually got underneath and disconnected linkage at trans in order to get to neutral to move car,then reconnected-still same problem.I took off center console to see if I could access cable,but no luck.Looks more difficult than I thought.Any other ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Transmission will not shift into reverse or neutral. Will shift when using the shift release. Does nit appear to be leaking fluid

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Transmission will not shift into reverse or neutral. Will shift by using release and brake lights are not functioning

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    To turn off car i have to place shifter into neutral then turn off car. Then once off I can place in Park with parking brake engaged.



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Sounds like a linkage/cable to me. Disconnect the linkage at the transmission and move the shift actuator by hand to see if there is the same things happening. Don't try to do this with the engine running unless someone is holding the brake inside the car.

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