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Linkage on gear shift problem

Linkage with gear shift problem. Gear shift linkage inside console is dis-connected. Ball joint connecting gear shift to transmission shift rod.has broken nylon insert at ball joint.

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    At all gear shift I get some banking can you help me.

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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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If its like the older fords- escort etc-go get a new gearstick -the initial pain $$$$$ will by far outway bush mechanic fix its grief!

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