shift linkage repair?

Eugene Kanter eugene at
Thu Nov 20 15:09:11 EST 2003

It turned out to be in 3rd gear, all linkage is intact except for center
ball join which for some reason came loose. I managed to get car on oil
change ramps and put ball join together but do not believe all the way
down. As far as I can see there is no access from the top (should I
remove pentozin canister?) and it is next to impossible to get any tools
from the bottom.....


On Thu, 2003-09-04 at 12:55, Brett Dikeman wrote:
> > Mine broke loose and left transmission in 4th gear. Is it possible to
> > get linkage repaired at home?
> Was the shifter getting progressively sloppier and sloppier, going into odd or
> even gears but not vise versa?
> You can peek at the top of the transmission, driver's side, at the selector
> shaft- usually the shift linkage collar just pops off when the set bolt
> loosens up.  Remove the bolt, clean it, and apply loctite.  Reinstall
> partially.  Guide it back on the shaft with a friend- have them try to guide
> it into the 4th position.  Tighten the bolt finger tight while wiggling the
> linkage a little, and the bolt will re-center.  Tighten down w/wrench, should
> be good for quite a while.
> Brett
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