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Transmission stuck in park,tried wrench directly on linkage at transmission, would not move.

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Possible failure of the linkages, possible failure of the gear notches within the gear box assembly.
This need a closer look from the gear movement levers to the gear box. However if the gear box links are tight then the gear box needs an overhauling.

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