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Old 04-24-2004, 05:02 PM
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350/350 not getting out of drive

yea im a little dumb for doin this but...

this is a 71 cutlass-350/350tranny-gear shifter on the column

i was drivin down the street about 20 mph and put the car in neuteral and reved it a little (was not showing off, there was no one around just wanted to hear the motor) and put it back in drive, but i did it to soon, and screetch the tires. that made me worry alittle so i went drivin around stop to 50, not fast just normal, everthing felt good. BUT when i get home i put it in park and it is still in drive. so i put it in neutral and it is still in drive. so i turn it off and let it roll out of the driveway and go drivin somemore. it drives fine. put at stop sighn i put it in park and it still gos, i put in every gear indication and it is still in drive. i need some help on what is causing this and how to fix it. thanks

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with the vehicle stopped block the tiers so it can't roll, lay under and watch to see if the mechanism on the drivers side of the trans is moving while someone else moves the gear selector this will tell you wether it is linkage or internal problems. its the place I would start.
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well i am about to put it up on stands. if it is internal will i need to have it rebuild. i do not know much about the automatic tranny.
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Sounds like its just (hopefully) a linkage problem. Watch for movement on the side of the tranny where the lever turns as you change gears.
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With it being a column shift, if you can feel the different gear positions (clicks/detents) while moving through the gears , it's not a linkage problem (externally anyway).
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just got in. the linkage on the side of the tranny does shift right, "clicks" at every gear setting. is it suppost to feel a certain way at the tranny? What would be the next step to figure this out. or will it be better to get it rebuilt (was goin to that any way, just now a little earlier) thanks for responses

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it wont come out of drive? that's your problem?
thats not a problem the problem is when it doesnt go into drive
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it wont come out of drive? that's your problem?
thats not a problem the problem is when it doesnt go into drive
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The shift mechanism fell apart inside the tranny.
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Its very possible that the "S" clip that goes from the internal shift linkage to the valve body broke or fell out. Could be a simple fix if thats it. Pull the pan and look for parts! LOL

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how difficult is to get to. will i have to pull the tranny out and take it apart? what is involved in this process of replacing/repairing.

also if i get it rebuilt would this be a good shift kit combination rebuild kit.

http://www.pro-built.net/index.cfm?f...t&productid=16
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how difficult is to get to. will i have to pull the tranny out and take it apart? what is involved in this process of replacing/repairing.
Remove the pan and look for parts in the bottom. lol

The linkage is connected to the shifter on the right side of the tranny. This linkage is connected to the manual-shift valve by a s-shaped piece of metal that slides in. Self-explanitory.

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also if i get it rebuilt would this be a good shift kit combination rebuild kit.

http://www.pro-built.net/index.cfm?f...t&productid=16
Tons better than the one "I" was looking at...the TCI pro super rebuild kit.
http://www.powerandperformancenews.c...&Store_Code=TC
Thanks for the reference!!!
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