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Gearshifter wont shift into park - Sierra 1500 GMC Cars & Trucks

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  • jonathan hofer Mar 27, 2011

    its not any of that i think its my linkage how do i adjust that



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If I could get just a little more info here I can see what I can help with I need the make and model along with the year please.
In the mean time, Check to see if stop lights are working Shift interlock and stoplight circuit are common issues. Check fuses, Check alignment of interlock switch at top of brake pedal Try turning key to 1st position (unlock) shift to neutral to start and then shift into park, lets see if that helps. Other wise you could have a linkage issue, as well as ignition switch.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

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    Dcramer531 Mar 27, 2011

    While your at it, check and make sure nothing fell down around the shifter and stopping it from going forwards.

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    Dcramer531 Mar 27, 2011

    Here are some notes on the adjustment, this works for both column and floor shifters. You need to get the car in park, may have to crawl under and move the linkage by hand.

    Raise and support the vehicle on jack stands. Place the shift lever is in "Park." Use the wire cutters and remove the cotter pin from the shift rod (under the car). Remove the shift rod from the shift lever.
    Move the shift level all the way to the front toward the engine. Screw the attachment rod on the front of the cable in or out until the rod fits into the shifter lever with no resistance. Install the cotter pin, but do not bend it at this point.
    Turn the key on to unlock the steering wheel and shift linkage. Move the shift linkage through the gears. Feel for all the gears to have a detent (a mechanism that temporarily keeps one part in a certain position relative to that of another). It should be felt in reverse, neutral, third, second and first gears. If the linkage hits all the gears, bend the cotter pins. If the linkage doesn't hit all the gears, then go under the car and adjust the cable where it is attached to the bottom of the transmission pan. Loosen the lock nut and move the shifter plastic end back toward the rear of the car a few threads and lock the lock nut and try it again until all gears are felt. Once all the gears are felt, then you can bend the cotter pin, as there is no more need to take it out.
    Make sure that the vehicle will not start in any gear except park or neutral. If it starts in first, second, third or reverse, loosen the bolts on the neutral safety switch and have a helper hold the key in the start position. Make sure the transmission is in park. Move the switch until the starter activates and tighten the bolts



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