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#1048024 - 02/11/17 03:15 AM Have to turn steering column to shift?  
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87 monte carlo SS with stock transmission.

I got the car from my dad who said I have to replace the transmission because when I'm shifting (the shifter) down from park, the gears will shift. To shift upward back to park I need to turn the plastic housing around the steering column. My neighbor said if I buy a holley shifter, it will fix the problem?

Curious if anyone can explain what's happening/how I might be able to fix this problem? Thank you!

#1048028 - 02/11/17 03:35 AM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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Just need to adjust the linkage. No need to buy new shifter. However, if you're looking for good excuse to buy non-stock shifter, this will be a good chance.


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#1048032 - 02/11/17 04:00 AM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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Got it, Thank you!

#1048227 - 02/16/17 01:58 AM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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So I adjusted the linkage and everything lines up, but there's a lot of wiggle room... The car shifts down smoothy with column ( refuses to shift to 1 after 2 just doesnt budge )but when I try to upshift It feels like it just gives out and my floor shifter goes up without shifting the column shifter and I need to turn the column to get it back to park..Sometimes I'll get to reverse before the column stops turning... Any ideas what I need to fix?

link to shift linkage/ column bar pics https://goo.gl/photos/VdZKkjYBRsuPg3mE7

#1048231 - 02/16/17 03:07 AM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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It looks like the shift cable isn't being kept in the bracket at the trans, someone didn't do a good install or it's the wrong cable!!



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#1048266 - 02/17/17 08:40 AM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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Have it back in place properly now and my car is shifting! Thank you, must have missed it after I called it a day.

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#1048302 - 02/18/17 03:05 AM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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#1048831 - 03/09/17 11:26 PM Re: Have to turn steering column to shift? [Re: dmeow]  
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If you continue to have wiggle on the shifter, there are some little parts that can wear out.
There are 2 oval-shaped bushings that tend to break or wear out.
They are on the transmission, the selector lever has 2 slots where they fit in.
If you replace them put some grease where the shifter rod fits in.
(the bushings are green in these pics)
https://gbodyforum.com/attachments/imagescael745z-jpg.7196/
https://gbodyforum.com/attachments/imagescaob63ex-jpg.7197/


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