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I recently had to pull the motor out of my 1990 Loyale to have the heads done. The engine is back in now but the tranny won't manually go into neutral so I can put the car back into the shop. I have the 1.8L EFI with 4wd and auto tranny. WhenI pulled engine I just supported the tranny and pulled engine by itself. Shouldn't the tranny go into neutral by pressing the button at the base of the shifter?

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  • ravers789 Apr 28, 2010

    No the battery is not hooked up. Yes the shifter does move but the car remains locked. so does the battery need to be in and all that in order for the trans to shift into neutral? I was just trying to get it back into the shop so I could close the door and finish hooking everything else up. thanks

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Not without the flexplate attached,, the transmission wont move without it..

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Does the shifter activate at all? is the battery connected to allow the safety switch to activate shifting? Are you able to turn the linkage manually from the trans into a neutral position?

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The key has to be on and the brake pedal down for it to shift out of park. Make sure the fuel line is connected because when you hit the key the fuel pump starts . That is how it works for the newer cars, I'm not 100% about your 1990, But there must be something stopping the shifter from moving. Hope this helps.

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    Ned White Apr 28, 2010

    If the shifter moves then the battery doesn't need to be in, How about the e-brake? Something stopping it from moving. It should be in neutral. Got to be the brakes. As long as it is out of park, it would still roll in gear. The park gear is a lock. Hope this one helps.

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