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#980271 - 08/12/13 03:24 PM How to adjust gear indicator  
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So I'm starting to notice that my shift indicator is off and is in need of adjusting. I got used to reverse being in between park and reverse and drive being in the neutral indicator. My little brother got in to move the car the other day a freaked out like he broke something when he put it in reverse and the car didn't move anywhere (reverse is neutral). I know theres got to be some kind of adjustment can someone please help i'm afraid of loosing the park gear which is now way over to the left past park.

#980275 - 08/12/13 04:39 PM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: Ryan Bequette]  
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i dont remember specifics of how to adjust it but the shift indicator is moved by a thin fishing line type wire. it streches as it get old and because the indicator needle is spring loaded to the park side (left side) as the string stretches the indicator moves past park and therefore does not line up where it is supposed to. The indicator does not affect what gear the car is in so the indicator being off is only a visual issue. Mine does not work so I just count the clicks the shift lever makes ( 1 click= reverse, 3 clicks= drive)


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#980278 - 08/12/13 06:04 PM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: tall t-top]  
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Would there be some type of adjustment on the transmission that can pick up the slack in the string as it gets old and stretched?

#980281 - 08/12/13 06:23 PM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: Ryan Bequette]  
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There is an easy adjustment that can be made and it has nothing to do with the transmission.
The thin wire that connects to the indicator needle is connected to a metal clip that attaches to the steering housing on the steering column. It should be located on the housing directly below the middle of the Instrument Panel. You can feel around under there to find it. It is easy to slide it slightly and you will see the needle move. You can also remove it from the housing and move it to see where you would want it and then just push it back on. You can move it where ever you need it.
Just be careful and delicate with it.

#980373 - 08/13/13 08:50 AM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: Ryan Bequette]  
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Wen u move ur shifter notice how the collar moves. thats were the cable attaches to. look for it there

#980434 - 08/13/13 11:37 PM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: jigsaw]  
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Thanks for the tips! Ill try it out and see if it works! It came out of adjustment when I put new dash lights in because I disconnected the needle and spring and when I reinstalled it was very far off

#980437 - 08/14/13 12:11 AM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: Ryan Bequette]  
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you'll have to remove the lower panel where the A/C vent is to access the above cable/thread to adjust.


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#980484 - 08/14/13 04:48 PM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: Ryan Bequette]  
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Seeing that you had these parts removed, you might want to double check to see that the thin wire stayed routed in the path/groove at the base of the needle element. The reason I say this is because when you reinstalled the needle and wire, if the wire is not in the path/groove the thin wire will be 'forcing' the needle to move instead of gliding. If the wire is not in the correct path, then the wire could eventually become shreaded and break by being forced to move the needle on edges not intended to slide on.
This could, only suggesting 'could', be the reason the needle is not where it used to be. Especially if you never moved the clip attached to the steering column housing .
I wasn't aware that you had the dash apart when I initially replied to you initial post.




you didn't discnnect the clip we mentioned on the housing

#1051617 - 06/20/17 05:10 PM Re: How to adjust gear indicator [Re: Ole Blue]  
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Originally Posted by Ole Blue
Seeing that you had these parts removed, you might want to double check to see that the thin wire stayed routed in the path/groove at the base of the needle element. The reason I say this is because when you reinstalled the needle and wire, if the wire is not in the path/groove the thin wire will be 'forcing' the needle to move instead of gliding. If the wire is not in the correct path, then the wire could eventually become shreaded and break by being forced to move the needle on edges not intended to slide on.
This could, only suggesting 'could', be the reason the needle is not where it used to be. Especially if you never moved the clip attached to the steering column housing .
I wasn't aware that you had the dash apart when I initially replied to you initial post.




you didn't discnnect the clip we mentioned on the housing


im having this same problem.the wire seems way too long.to work properly it has to go to the bottom of the shift bowl to move to the right position and way down there it messes up and binds.
any ideas?


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