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I'm looking for an online diagram of shifter and linkage that shows the springs for possible replacement due to difficulty for my mother to push release button for getting car out of park. it is a 3 speed auto consol shifter which also has cable or linkage to key on steering collumn as button must be pressed to release key from collumn which may have something to do with resistance. i'm looking to replace spring with one with less resistance or possibly replace entire shifter if needed.

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Try jiggling the steering wheel to take resistance off of the shifter interlock. the detent in the shifter is a nightmare to work on.

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An easy fix would be to go tothe Junk Yard and pull off the parts you need order to do this though I would advise getting a Haynes Manual (VERY VERY HELPFUL BOOK) for your car...Available at your local Auto parts Store (even if you dont do it yourself you should still get the can save you a lot of time and money when it comes to knowing and working on your vehicle)

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on the front of knob is a small u shaped pin you have to pullout. that would be on the radio and dash side

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there is a selenoid that unlocks the shifter it may be broke. you can also check your brake switch.

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It isn't a speed sensor. In 1989 all GM front drives were hydraulic shift. Do you know if it is a three speed or four speed. The speed sensor in 1989 only controls the speedometer. Also can you describe the problem. Does it just slip? Only certain gears?

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you can go to the nearest junk yard and get it out of a junker

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