Linkage adjustment help

Eric Huppert ehuppert at
Tue Jul 22 16:53:51 PDT 2008


Feel your pain!

Kneale is correct, it's the rod on the left side that controls shifter
motion. IIRC the shaft/splines can slide together, as in it will fit in
different rotational positions! If you look at the linkage it has to rotate
far enough to engage reverse.

If it was me I'd probably pull the linkage back apart and start over. You
may be a couple of splines off! Make sure trans is in neutral and have a
helper sit in the car to make sure shifter is centered, etc etc. Also helps
as they can move shifter to get it started in the spines while you're
holding everything in place.

I've been able to sneak in with 1/4 drive, and snake a 13mm wrench up top.
Difficult, but BTDT more than once. Make sure you position the clamp and
bolt so you can get a socket in with a semi-straight shot for further


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