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auto tranny shift lever probs[240-260/82] posted by Rob C. on
Sunday, 3 May 1998, at 2:11 p.m.

The shift lever on my 82 240 refuses to go down into the 2/1 range! It'll go to D, but I can't just pull it down into 2nd, like you're supposed to. When it's in D, the lockout button looks like it's fully depressed on its own. Lately, I've been able to kinda push the lever from D to N without pushing on the lockout button (I can engage neutral, but if I release the lever, it'll drop back into drive). Any ideas?
Rob Casuga - '82 244 GL shadetree mechanic special =)

Re: auto tranny shift lever probs[240-260/82] posted by Ted Y. on
Sunday, 3 May 1998, at 10:30 p.m.

I could be wrong, but I think you'll need a "lift" for this one. You may need to get under the car and inspect your shift linkage. I would guess that some of your linkage could be out of adjustment, or "binding" somewhere. A trusted mechanic of mine said that shift linkage usually accounts for most shift-related problems. You might also want to check all clips, fasteners, and mounts while down there. The lever (automatic you say?) may not be lined up properly with the gear selecting rod (don't know the technical name) attatched to the trans. "Loose" connections should be replaced. Also check your trans. fluid level! If it is what I think it is, you probably will have an inexpensive fix, rather than the problem being the trans. itself. A really worn trans. mount may also make it difficult for you to select a gear. Newer shift linkage bushings, new trans. mount and regulat trans. filter and oil changes wil GREATLY prolong the life of any transmission.

I am not a professional mechanic, but these are some of the things I have come across with a 1977 245 my mom drives, and a 1985 BMW 325e I owned.

I hope I was of some help.

good luck,

Ted (Bundy) Y.

Re: auto tranny shift lever probs[240-260/82] posted by abe crombie on
Sunday, 3 May 1998, at 11:02 p.m.

before you get too involved or worried, try undoing the two screws at front of shifter cover inside car and lifting and sliding it to rear so as to be able look under it. You might have wiring for the light or some thing else wedged in the way. The function having to do with the button is all inside under that cover. Foreign objects can go easily through the brushes that seal the slot lever moves through.


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