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Cant start because not in park or neutral. Shifter linkage is messed up. Either cable is moving along with housing or a linkage hard bar came out of its position. Get someone to move shifter and someone under car looking for what is wrong.
Actually the Shifter Interlock Lever needs replacing (MOPAR part #68088259AB). It's a little plastic piece that costs about $8.00 at the dealership. If you pop off the cover of the gear shifter, you can actually push in the plastic piece and shift out of park. Doesn't look like it'll be to hard to fix; part comes with a 11-step instruction sheet with pictures. I also have a 2005 300 with the same issue...
I am assuming that you have a 4-speed manual transmission?
If the shifter mechanism had a lockout built into it, then you will have to repair it or figure out some way to disable it before you will be able to shift the transmission into reverse gear.
Another option would be to replace the shifter mechanism entirely.
check your brake light switch. If it is loose or broken the shifter interlock will not disengage; as the power to the solenoid goes through the brake light switch. Otherwise it is a problem with the the brake light fuse, switch or shifter lock solenoid.
Overriding the system:
On the riight side of the shift lever. There is a small round plastic cover. (The left side of the shift lever is P, the right side of the shift lever is a small round plastic cover about half inch.) Pop out the plastic cover, push the lever on the handle and insert a long philips screwdriver in it. It should shift now even if the engine is off. ( You do not need to turn the screwdriver, just insert it)
Sounds like the rear derailer needs adjustment. Are you handy with tools? There should be a micro adjuster on the cable for the rear derailer. It might be located at the shifter on the handle bars, or at the rear derailur. Follow the cable from shifter to derailer, Look for an adjusting nut, when you find it, turn it counter clockwise to remove slack from the line. Go one turn at a time, ride it and shift through the gears. Repeat until the noise stops or you run out of adjustment. If that doesn't fix it, you need to srew the adjuster all the way back in, shift it to the highest gear, loosen the bolt the holds the cable on the derailer and pull the cable tight and tighten the bolt back down. If you are unsure about doing this, go to your local bike shop and have them fix it AND show you how to do it.
Hi Art! First of all, congratulations on your 1967 Triumph... that's a beauty!!!
Basic things to know before riding a bike is it's parts.
Clutch is the lever you press on the left side of the handle bar.
Front disc brake is the lever on the right side of the handle bar.
Shifter is the one you're stepping on when shifting gears and is located on the left side of the engine if you're on it.
Now, you must first know if the gear is on Neutral by pushing the bike before starting the bike. If it's hard to push then the shifter is not in neutral. Press the shifter by your left foot until you are able to push the bike with ease.
Hop on the bike and start the engine. Most bikes have ignition starters but if your bike doesn't have one, then you have to turn keys to on position and use the kick starter. Rev the engine by pressing the throttle grip on the right side of the handle bar.
Engine is running and in idle position. Press the Clutch lever (left hand) and press the shifter once (left foot) DO NOT RELEASE THE CLUTCH YET!!!
Slowly press the throttle with your right hand until you hear or feel the engine purr...
Slowly release the clutch (left hand) until you fell the bike move forward.
If I am not mistaken, shifting the gears of the triumph is 1-down and 4 up...
Every time you shift gears, you need to press the clutch to release the gears.
usually there are 2 levers on each handle bar, one lever lowers the gear while the other one raises the gear.
usually the right handle bar has the shift for the gears on the rear wheel, while the left handle bar has the shift for the pedal gears
generally the first place I would look is under the hood at the linkage on the transmission. it's has a lever with a bracket for the cable.generally the hard shifting is due to a poor adjustment where the lever does not travel as far as it should. first step is to remove the cable from the shifter bar. then move the shifter bar to the park position manually. you will notice you will have to loosen the jam nut for the cable this will allow you to move the cable into the right adjustment. once you have done the adjustment tighten down the jam nut and rehook the cable to the shifter bar you will find that you can shift into park more easily... please rate