1992 SL2 Saturn The gear shifter has disengaged from linkage. Previously had repaired with video help 2 years ago (pretty good for a girl)., anyway I'm trying to remove the console and stuck on how to remove the wiring for the electric windows. I had used a tie and duck tape or gorilla tape to keep the linkage together. The video showed a wired wrapped around but I couldn't manage the necessary "tightness" so I used what I had available and 2 years later I felt a pop yesterday and that familiar free flow feeling of broken shifter came rushing back. I coasted to the nearest safe place and waited for the tow truck. I watched you tube videos but there isn't anything I'm sure someone can direct me in the direction Thanks K
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Yes, most likely. The linkage needs inspection from the shift lever to the transmission. You may have to check under the vehicle for disconnected linkage AND under the cover of the shift lever inside the truck.
The lever is connected to linkage which inputs gear selection into the transmission via a shaft. Have a man sit in the vehicle and move the gear selector gently through its range while you observe from underneath. If the linkage has become disconnected from that shaft you may be able to fix this yourself. If however the linkage is good, then you should have a transmission shop look at it. If the linkage is not moving at all then I would pull the console out and take a look at the bottom of the gear selector. Do not have the engine running please, this is why you cannot let a woman sit in the car while you are underneath it.
look on the top of your trans have a friend or gf shift the car from gear to gear when nor running look for moving cable if none then time to take the console apart
remember there are also shift linkages on some models so you might ha ve to jack the car up and go under it to find linkage
they are only bolted on under car and in a ball others
That ball shaped piece is directly connected to the fork inside the transmission. If this is broken then the trans needs to come apart, at least on the top end and the old fork removed and any gear damamge repaired before the new one goes in. Best to take this type of repair to a local trans shop as it is not a project for a novice.
I had the same problem and also linkage inside the car. I took ball joint apart and cleaned the surface then put silicone inside ball joint. Joined the two together then I put plastic tie wraps for wiring around the ball joints, two per ball joint. Let sit for 24 hours and it worked. It is probably temporary but it got me out of a $165 an hour repair job 500 miles from home. Hope this works for you as it tightens up the linkage and worked great. CW
Sounds to me that the shifter broke, i believe the shifter has a ball end that slips into a pocket in trans. that moves for gear selection and that ball brook off end of shifter. if its got a linkage set up most likely samething either shifting arms came off or shifter broke where linkage rods connect.
The gear linkage will have popped off at the gearbox. Look down the back of the gearbox, have a fish around and you should find a connecting rod loose and flopping around. Look for the ball joint it connects to and replace. A tip is just before you reconnect the rod back onto the ball joint, wrap the ball joint with a small piece of plastic bag, this will take up the play, and allow you to get home. I would recommend buying a new rod.
There is a plastic ball that is in the shift linkage that also wears and is usually not included in the shift linkage bushing kit. It is attached to a metal piece and is bolted to the shift linkage. This is generally the problem if you already replaced the bushings.
Sometimes the linkage is out of adjustment but I would make sure that the ball is not worn first. They generally cost $5.00 - $8.00 or so.
If you need to adjust the linkage you can try the following, but if the bushings or the ball is worn adjustment will not do any good.
There is an adjustment on the shift rod that goes from the shifter to
the transmission. It is a rod slipped into a tube with a locking
collar or clamp.
The way that I do this is to make sure that your vehicle is in 1st gear and then loosen the bolt on the clamp.
Make sure that the clamp is loose enough so that the shaft can slip in
the tube. Put the shifter in the 1st gear position and then tighten
You may need to fiddle with this a little to get it in just the right spot.