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Linkage in 2001 Chevy truck 4X4 1500 - automatic

My truck will not go into park and has to be started in neutral. I want to take it somewhere to get it fixed but am told it is a minor adjustment but being a woman I will probably get taken advantage of.

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Yes it does sound as if all it needs is a linkage adjustment. This could be external or internal, it is usually external due to a bushing that is worn. Good Luck can't supply much more help without seeing car, but the problem is usually minor as I said.

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