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I have an 89 F150 with auto transmission that is stuck in reverse. The shift lever moves freely but tranny will not shift.

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Sound's like the shift linkage are on the side of the tranny broke or the adjusting bold cam loose

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way up north and -53C is -13c more than car was designed to handle.
H3LL even gasoline fails to evaporate at that temp.
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does would not mean, the lever is stuck (iced) or it lever does move
but the transmission fails to leave, reverse.
2 different things.
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