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Shifting thanks for the info for driving.but know i have one more problem when i want to put the car in park it want's to roll back like it is in reverse as for nuetral too sometimes but the odd time i put it in reverse it feels like it is in park.what do you think do i need gears adjusted.

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You need a new shifter and cable, for sure.

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