Shift linkage starting to get notchy.

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Thu Apr 9 16:56:57 PDT 2009

Thanks, Tony. More detail please.
Re: Bentley pg. 34.3, you must be referring to the ball on the tranny  
shift lever and its socket insert in the end of the front shift rod.  
Details on the R&R and your fix?


On Apr 9, 2009, at 3:38 PM, Tony Hoffman wrote:

> I've had this happen to two cars, and replacing the ball and socket
> part on the trans is what fixed it. For some reason, when it gets play
> in it the shifts get much harder, especially when hot. On one of the
> two, it was damn near like rowing the lever through mollases in
> January.
> BTW, that part is NLA, so I've been doing some welding to them when
> they get sloppy.
> Tony
> On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM, Bernie Benz <b.benz at>  
> wrote:
>> I’ve not had to lube or adjust the shift linkage nor had the tranny
>> out, so maybe someone that has can shed some light.
>> All shifts are fine, just when moving within the N area do I feel a
>> new slight notchy sensation. I’ve lifted the shift lever boot and
>> lubed the pivot ball to no effect. What else, must be deeper?
>>  Bernie

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