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1986 Chevy van. How do you ajust transmission shift linkage? When you put it in reverse you got to hold it just right for it to shift and engage.

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Probably just need to replace the plastic grommets that disintegrated. Two of them gone will cause your problem. Adjusting it will only cause hard shifting in forward gears.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014

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SOURCE: suddenly automatic transmission would not go into reverse

seems like your gear linkage is either broken or come off, if the linkage is ok then u are looking at a replacement gearbox

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Transmission problem

im sorry to say no it will not.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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My VW is not shifting into reverse at all; I think a certain person was driving and mistakenly pressed the gear shifter down for all gears--reverse is the only gear you press the shifter down first in. Doesn't grind, 1 2 3 and 4 work but no reverse no reverse lights.
I've read several complicated (can't see scenario's) posts on screens and linkage and a cable fixed one guys problem but still no solutions.

Posted on Jan 03, 2010

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SOURCE: transmission cable falls off linkage arm

I'm looking for this part too. The shifter arm in my Trailblazer has become disconnected from the transmission cable and I currently have it held on with wrap ties. Any luck finding this part and installing it?

Posted on May 27, 2010

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