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Old 10-03-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Automatic shifter is messed up :(

So my shifter is messed up because i can't even go in reverse, my shifter is very stiff to move as well.

I also have smelled like something is melting or burning, could it possibly be the shifter cable heating up?

PLEASE HELP anyone!

When i bought the car i was told it needed a new shifter cable/linkage
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can you drive forwards... can you use 1 2 and D just not reverse?
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can you drive forwards... can you use 1 2 and D just not reverse?
To go in D, I have to put the shifter in 2.

NEUTRAL is now PARK.

I don't have the actual PARK or REVERSE any more due to the cable being so messed up
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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take it to a shop n the morning or do that tranny swap you were thinking about
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Sounds like your shifter just needs to be adjusted
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Needs an adjustment..it's simple to do.
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I will try and do it after work today. Hopefully it works
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if you take your bezel off and open up the area around your shifter, just take that white clip out. you then have free motion between all gears and can use it like a slap shifter as well
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[QUOTE="Mustangman705;1816230"]if you take your bezel off and open up the area around your shifter, just take that white clip out. you then have free motion between all gears and can use it like a slap shifter as well[/QUOTE

That white clip?
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ya take the bezel off and get down to the shifter... ull see a clip. take that clip off. that clip is what makes u have to switch between 1 2 d n r p .. without it you can just push on your shifter and it will switch gears... like a slap shifter
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ya take the bezel off and get down to the shifter... ull see a clip. take that clip off. that clip is what makes u have to switch between 1 2 d n r p .. without it you can just push on your shifter and it will switch gears... like a slap shifter
But that won't fix the adjustment?
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no but will probably let u go to each gear no problem
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So my shifter is messed up because i can't even go in reverse, my shifter is very stiff to move as well.

I also have smelled like something is melting or burning, could it possibly be the shifter cable heating up?

PLEASE HELP anyone!

When i bought the car i was told it needed a new shifter cable/linkage
Normally, when a seller tells you something like that, it is the "straight dope", no BS, honest to god truth.
People, usually, don't tell you all the stuff wrong with the car, to make it more attractive to the buyer.
Hopefully, that's all that's wrong with it. Have a look at it and be prepared to buy a new cable/linkage assembly.
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no but will probably let u go to each gear no problem
No it wont you still need to adjust your shifter for the to work properly
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So I went to take the white clip out and it broke. Cool
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the white clip broke... that's fine man you don't need it. I don't have mine in either... now u can even change your shifter knob to a normal one without the button you need to push in.... did it allow you to switch gears now
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He already said it didn't. Using the stock shifter like a ratchet is not the greatest idea in the world either. Actually a very bad idea.

Needs a new linkage and kickdown cable maybe but hopefully just needs an adjustment but now needs to go to a JY and source a new clip too.
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He already said it didn't. Using the stock shifter like a ratchet is not the greatest idea in the world either. Actually a very bad idea. Needs a new linkage and kickdown cable maybe but hopefully just needs an adjustment but now needs to go to a JY and source a new clip too.
So could I just buy a used shifter cable?
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By new I meant new to you. A good used one is fine. And get that white clip fixed as soon as you can so you don't slap it past D and N into R while you are moving. There is a reason the aftermarket shifters have a safety stop to avoid this.

And guys STILL often choose to get reverse pattern shifters for their modified automatics so they are shifting AWAY from the danger zone (reverse).
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I have this done in my car and unless you really mess up your not going to go into reverse... its 1 2 d n r p so even if u hit one past drive you will be in neutral before reverse...
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I have this done in my car and unless you really mess up your not going to go into reverse... its 1 2 d n r p so even if u hit one past drive you will be in neutral before reverse...
Its bad to shift and auto transmission
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Its bad to shift and auto transmission
I don't drive like that, I just put it in drive but sometimes if ima do a pull from a stop I do... its not going to hurt anything having the ability to do this.. you can buy slap shifters for automatics. same thing this is just do it yourself
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Its bad to shift and auto transmission
It's not bad to shift automatics. I have two different tunes one that is regular shifting and one that is a manual valve body which requires to manually shift up and down. Before you go spend any money look underneath the car where the cable attaches to the trans case the cable has a plastic holder built in it and may have came detached or broken. If it is broken slide it back into place and zip tie it back done
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By new I meant new to you. A good used one is fine. And get that white clip fixed as soon as you can so you don't slap it past D and N into R while you are moving. There is a reason the aftermarket shifters have a safety stop to avoid this. And guys STILL often choose to get reverse pattern shifters for their modified automatics so they are shifting AWAY from the danger zone (reverse).
Thanks for the help. I'm gonna try to have my dads mechanic look at it and try to adjust it. If that won't work then I'll order a used one
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I have this done in my car and unless you really mess up your not going to go into reverse... its 1 2 d n r p so even if u hit one past drive you will be in neutral before reverse...
You are not hearing what I am saying. Even an aftermarket shifter purposely built to have a lockout so you can't go into R can fail and they have failed. The stocker is not meant to be ratchet shifted and the danger is just that much more. If you are comfortable with the risk fine, not my car. Just saying that if you do wind up in reverse on a hard pull from stop good luck with landing on your roof.
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your car wont allow you to go into reverse while moving forward weather you have it set up like this or you push in the button and throw it in reverse while doing 80
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Ok tell that to all the guys who have wrecked going into R by accident at the track.
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If you were to actually try engaging reverse while rolling down the road, gear has to slide into place is going to be trying to engage two spinning gears, and one of those gears is rotating rapidly in the wrong direction. What you will hear (and feel in the shift) is a very obnoxious buzzing sound as the teeth gnash against one another. However, there's no way to get the gear into place while in motion like this, so nothing will happen. The transmission won't explode. Nor will the car stop on a dime and reverse even though that's what happens in cartoons.
About the only time you can actually get a car into reverse is when it's at a dead stop.
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I suppose you've never seen someone bang into reverse manually shifting their auto then. It happens and it sucks massive balls for the person it happens to. Whatevs, you guys can do what you want to do. If you want to PROPERLY ratchet shift an auto get an actual ratchet shifter.
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Ok tell that to all the guys who have wrecked going into R by accident at the track.
+1 it's an ugly site..
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+1 it's an ugly site..
Agreed I seen my buddies cobra on the dyno at 7000rpm go into reverse because the lock out on his ratchet shifter got caught on the boot. We got to see his Novi 2500 split the case and throw the input shaft right out the front of the blower. Mind you this is on a car making nearly 900rwhp you would have thought a bomb went off.
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Agreed I seen my buddies cobra on the dyno at 7000rpm go into reverse because the lock out on his ratchet shifter got caught on the boot. We got to see his Novi 2500 split the case and throw the input shaft right out the front of the blower. Mind you this is on a car making nearly 900rwhp you would have thought a bomb went off.
That almost made me sick hearing this...
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wow you guys have no idea.... here this should help
after trying to explain to you that it would be impossible for his new edge to be damaged by going into reverse while going forward...
watch this
for you who need visual aid to understand
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wow you guys have no idea.... here this should help after trying to explain to you that it would be impossible for his new edge to be damaged by going into reverse while going forward... watch this for you who need visual aid to understand
Not all cars are the same..

---------- Post added at 01:05 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:05 AM ----------

And that show is a joke.. But whatever
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it has nothing to do with the show its to show you guys who have no idea a visual... unless your driving an olllld car with an old tranny its not going to happen any newer vehicle will not allow you to shift into park or reverse while driving forward its just impossible... if you don't know what your talking abouyt don't comment because your going to give the kid the wrong impression and make him think hes going to f this tranny and no one wants to f u ck a tranny
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