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My 01 pt cruiser wont go into reverse

The car has been running fine.I got in the other day and shifted into reverse. When i did the shifter went limp in all gears. There was no bite only play in all gears. I pushed it to the far right and had all gears but reverse return work. I have been driving it for three days not using reverse and it runs perfect except for it seems loser in the shifter itself at the base.I tried to put in reverse today and the same thing happen. All gears and linkage gone until i move to far right and then they return minus reverse. Is my car haunted LOL

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Shift linkage bushings under the air filter box are probably gone.
http://www.boogerracing.com/boogerbushings.html

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