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I used a comealong to get out a dent from a car and used my kiia optima to connect it to now my car is hard to put into gear. did i mess up my transmission? how is the shift control lever on top of the transmission supposed to connect?

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  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    no this is a automatic transmission and i connected the comealong to the back where you would connect a tow hitch. on top of the transmission is the shifter and as i pushed it forward while in park i had someone change the gear and it didn't make the loud click so i tried to adjust it while they had their foot on the brake but i don't think i'm adjusting it correctly cuz as soon as they let go it wound up making the same noise. can you tell me how to adjust the shifter correctly

  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    The come-a-long was connected to the tow hitch. i think i might need to adjust the shifter that sits on top of the transmission- this is an automatic. How can i do this?

  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    RIGHT.

  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    RIGHT.

  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    sorry but yes your right. i did forget the ebrake. no hills just flat over where i live so i don't know what happens when you park without e brake. when i put it in reverse that is the only hard shift, all else is ok but i have even before this had a hard time accelerating

  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    linkage? is that the v shaped thing by the shifter

  • 1100_velazqu May 23, 2011

    i read something about a shift bar lining up n right where the shifter is (under hood) there is a v shaped bar and it may have had a bolt but i can't tell

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Just getting this stright, you had a dent in one car, hooked up the com-a-long and strapped it to the kia, since the dent pulling it is hard to put the kia in gear. if i got that right did you have the e-brake on when you used the kia as a anchor... point? Please forgive me, i'm very sorry but i do find some humor in your story. have you ever parked on a hill without useing the e-brake? the hill causes the car to roll one way and puts a lot of pressure on the gears and you'll have a time putting it in gear. you may have messed something up in the tranny, do you note any lack in shifting while driving or hard shifts?

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    mark woodring May 23, 2011

    when you adj the linkage you wont to have on pressure on the linkage, adj it so there is little play in it this will allow for tranny to go into gear the while way. if you have if banjo string it could slip out of gear when you hit a bump or touch the shifter car into gear. i do fear you might have to have it looked at. the noise from what i understand is coming from the inside of the tranny and won't really be affected by the linkage. double check your fluid and let me know what you find

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Is this a manual transmission? Could the cable have been accidentally wrapped around the clutch cable when the cable was placed around the front cross member? If this is the case you will need to replace the clutch cable. Chances are, you have not done any transmission damage. Let me know.

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    Kori Policy May 23, 2011

    Put the linkage back to the original and look for a broken transmission mount.

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    Kori Policy May 23, 2011

    What ever you adjusted, put it back to how it was. When that is done, put the car in gear (does not matter which), stand on the brake, lightly tap on the gas and have someone look for a broken mount. When you press the gas it will torque the engine and allow it to move exposing any broken parts.

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