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1994 buick skylark - column shift selector will not shift transmission into reverse. I can shift into drive and nuetral only. shade tree mechanic says he taped? the gear cog but it has stopped working again. Is it the shift cable selector assembly that could be the problem and if so how hard is it to replace? Obviously I will try another mechanic this time. thanks, Barb

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First of all... anyone who uses "tape" to repair a car should not be refered to as a "Shade tree Mechanic" He is a "hack", and not a cab driver, which is also called a hack. Sounds like you are friend with Red Green, the guy on T.V. who does all sorts of repairs with duct tape, including autobody and major vehicle restorations!...

Anyways, enough of the tape. If the vehicle goes into park, and stays put... that menas that the pin ingages the transmission to prevent it frm rolling away. If you are not too sure about the Park selector, go to a hill and place you rcar in park... release the brake and see if the car will roll down the hill. Do not block the wheels or get out of the car until you are absolutely sure that the car does in fact go into park and he pin engages the transmission..... The Automatic transmission, uses a cable to select the various gears that you select from the steering column in your car. Just because you see the little red line showing that your car is in "P", "R", "N", "D", or "L", does not mean that your car is ctually in the showing gear you see in the steering column. Those indicators are going to work even if your car was to have the transmission totally removed. There is no way that those letters are dependant on your transmission. they are operated from the place that you move the lever. The cable that operates your transmission in hidden away and the only way you can tell if it is operating correctly is to move the "gear lever" into all the various positions and see if they are operating your car properly. since you are a very nice person to risk your life to a "Shade tree mechanic" to fix your car using Tape, on a Gear "Cog" suggests to me that yo are better off taking your vehicle to a registered mechanic and have him go over it with a fine tooth comb to see what else that this Tape guy has done to your vehicle. He could have very easily wrecked something that you would never know until it was too late. What do yo do if youi are in an accident where you accidentally kill an entire family!? You are 100 percent at fault, if it is an accident that was caused by a repair that this tape guy did. It doesn't even have to be a direct result of something he did,... such as brakes failing because he spilled oil all over inside the engine compartment and it eventually gpot onto your brakes, causing them to fail..... Now although he did not directly repair your brakes, he did do something that had ultimately caused the accident and because yo had let an unlicensed "Mechanic" to repair your car (so yo could save 10 or 20 dollars), you would be sued for everything that you own and will ever own and yo uwill lose... then when you go to sue him, you will be out if luck because you knew he doesn't have a license and there for is in no way liable...

TAKE IT TO ANOTHER MECHANIC AND USE A LICENSED ONE FROM NOW ON!! NO ONE'S LIFE IS WORTH THE TEN OR TWENTY DOLLARS YOU ARE GOING TO SAVE BY LETTING SOME TAPE GUY REPAIR YOUR CAR...

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Wat we need to do is dsiconnect trans shift linkage an manually move selector shaft to all positions at trans to see if problem is internal (trans) or in our shift linkage cables. if trans selector moves in all positions at trans then we need to try shifter in car,with linkage unhooked to chek proper steering column shift linkage motion.problem could b in column detents or shift cables(linkage). to access linkage hookup at trans mayb little difficult BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE

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