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Old 11-01-2006, 05:52 PM
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Gear indicator and steering wheel.

I have a 1984 Chevy Caprice Classic and recently when I shift from drive to park the indicator on the steering column doesn't go to the P all the way anymore. It hangs halfway between Reverse and Park. Also about within a day or so I noticed that my steering wheel is no longer centered. It's off to the left slightly while driving straight. I do have wider than stock wheels and tires on it, and the front tires will hit the wheel wells some when turning too sharp. But this normally only happens when turning around to park. Could these two problems be related? What would cause this?

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Old 11-01-2006, 10:32 PM
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I'm not sure about an '84, but on older models the shift indicator was controlled by a cord that ran from the indicator to the steering column, where it was clipped to the collar. When you shift, the collar that the shift lever is mounted rotates and either pulls or releases the cord.

If you remove the cover under the steering column, you should be able to locate the clip and cord. It's just a case of moving the clip on the collar.
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Hhhmmm I'll see what I can find today and let you know. Would that also have an affect on the steering wheel being off. That happened just out of the blue. No major shock to the steering or anything. Just some tire rub.
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:41 AM
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It shouldn't affect the steering at all. The indicator is spring-loaded (small) and the cord is connected by the small metal clip to the shift collar which doesn't move when you steer.
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1990 dodge ram d150 gear indicator

hi all

sorry to hijack this thread but how do i adjust the gear indicator on a 1990 dodge ram d150 truck . i put it in drive and it is actually in 2nd gear and neutral is drive. thanks for any help.
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I can't speak about the Dodge. MI2600 is correct about the GM product.
I had/have a similar problem with my '87 Olds. The indicator was off between N and D. I found the clip and adjusted it. I thought, "That's the most Mickey Moused thing I've ever seen from the factory". A dental floss size wire controlling the indicator. My fix lasted a while, but now I see that the indicator is off a little. I'll have to move the clip a tad and glue it down.
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