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Re: Transmission Linkage Quattro Digest V1 #559
Shea Rutstein writes: re 86 5000s manual transmission:
...it is very hard to get into either 5th or reverse.
Has anyone had experience with adjusting the linkage and is
the tool absolutely necessary? Could there be another cause?
I've not had any experience with the 5000, but on a 4000 Q it
is not necessary to use a tool!
The procedure on a 4000 Q, once you've removed the shift console
is to adjust the gear shift likage housing to center the slack
between the stops in 1st and 5th gears. You should have equally spaced
"spring back" between the stop and the free position.
If you have too much slop, there is another problem with I've corrected
on two different 4000 Qs. The transmission gear selector lever on the "opposite end of the linkage from the shift knob" has a pressed
in ball, which couples to the linkage.
This ball becomes loose in the forged lever and creates lots of slop
in both for and aft and side to side motion. When the slop gets
large enough if makes engaging both 1st and 5th/reverse difficult.
Remove the lever from the transmission by removing the linkage and
the bolt, you will see that the end of the ball was pressed and
punched to retain it in the arm. It is now loose. You can tighten
it up by peening the end of the ball where it passes thru the arm.
Support the ball on a vice or anvil and gently hammer away with
with a ball pein hammer (sp?) to swell the pin, and head over
the material on the back side of the lever.
Good luck, John