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2003 cadillac CTS manual shift - shift balks at going into 4th slot

The manual shifter does not move smoothly down from third gear to fourth position - feels like it is getting blocked on occassions. Dealer inspected and advised problem was drive shaft bushing or loss of gearbox fluid. I find both hard to believe. It feels more like wear / lack of lubrication in the shifter mechanism. Otherwise vehicle runs well with 115,000 on clock

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You would be closer to the problem than the dealer
taking it as a column shift , it is very possible that the plastic slides on the selectors out side of the box are badly worn or the rods them selves are worn out

Posted on Sep 09, 2017

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SOURCE: GEARBOX WONT GO INTO GEAR

hi from uk could you please give a little more info ? what make/model car ? has this problem occured suddenly? has car been layed up off road some time prior to this unable to select gears ? this problem sounds very much like the clutch drive plate is either stuck to flywheel hence question above ? or it is sticking on primary/spigot shaft for some reason and failing to disengage drive to g/box? how does clutch pedal feel ? you might try selecting 2nd gear with clutch fully pressed and h/brake on then try starting engine if engine starts ?runs then put slight revs on and slip clutch a few times this may work if plate is sticking? if you come back with update may be able to advise further

Posted on Dec 24, 2008

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SOURCE: hard up and down-shifting into 2nd gear - manual transmission

I have a Focus that had shifting problems. I tried different fluids, but eventually I tried Royal Purple Synchromax (I believe) and it actually shifts fairly well now. I used to hate the car for this. It has 130k miles and I like driving it now.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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I have the same problem on my 2005 cts. The shifter fork has two rubber bushings that attach at the transmission that break or give way. I assume they did this for a softer feel and to avoid vibration but it leads to the selector not engaging well when you go the extreme direction of reverse on the shifter as there is too much deflection. I replaced the bushings with washers as spacers and it seems to work as a "McGyver" fix. I do intend to get the parts needed from Cadillac to restore it to factory standards. Hopefully they have the parts. To fix the problem you have to go under the car. To get good access you have to disconnect the exhaust and the driveshaft. I did it without this and just tormented my poor hands but I wasn't willing to do all the other work while in my driveway. You simply take the clip holding the fork shaft onto the transmission selector end off and slide the small shaft out. I also took off the shifter side of the fork to study the thing a bit better. That takes a 13mm and a small allen wrench, 4.5 or 3/16, can't remember. Then replace the bushings or do as I did and stack some washers so as to get rid of the slack between the inside of the fork and the gear selector on the transmission. Assemble and try. If you have as good dexterity and tenacity at your fingertips as I do, you'll curse the day you attempted doing this without taking out all the other stuff. If you don't, take out all the other stuff to make room for your hands. The space is very confined. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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SOURCE: '89 dodge dakota manual transmission A535 will not

Most likely solution is the gear selector fork in the transmission has broken and is no longer engaging the gears.

Repair requires transmission removal and partial overhaul.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 95 GMC Sierra 4L60E will not shift down to 1st or up to 4th.

no power stuck in 3rd gear electric shop unless youve burnt it up good luck...www.TransmissionGarage.com

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

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My 2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP will not shift into 4th gear I was to it was a fourth gear band but is that the only problem that will cause itI'notto shift into 4th gear


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Grinding clutch


I'm a little confused on your description of the noise. If I understand you correctly It is making the noise when it shifts smoothly into gear but at the same time it makes a grinding noise ? It possibly can be synchronizers if the grooves on the inside of the synchronizers are worn bad enough to where the gear isn't slowing down enough causing a grind as the clutching teeth on the gear mesh with the synchrode and the shift collar.
If it is making noise in all gears except 4th you may have countershaft brgs failing. The power flow in 4th gear goes directly through the mainshaft and has a 1 to 1 ratio. All other gears the powerflow goes through the countershaft causing a load on the countershaft so if you have bearings failing in the countershaft you will hear noise in all gears but 4th.
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HI I HAVE A 2003 CADILLAC CTS AUTOMATIC AND WHEN I MOVE THE GEAR SHIFTER IT SEEMS TO MAKE A NOISE GOING INTO ALL THE GEARS. IT SOUNDS LIKE ITS COMING FROM THE GEAR SHIFTER WHICH YOU CAN HEAR IN SIDE THE...


There is a rubber bushing that sits inside the shift linkage that wears out over time. It will not damage the trans if you drive it that way. It is just a little noisy and sounds bad when moving the shift lever.

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