[DML] Re: How do I replace reverse safety pin on shift linkage
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[DML] Re: How do I replace reverse safety pin on shift linkage

Again, I speak too soon.  With the shift boots off and the linkage 
exposed, the stick worked properly yesterday through the gears, I 
believe.  When I reassembled and tried to take off for work this 
morning, I had a hell of a time putting the stick into reverse, then 
I could not shift into first or second, only three through five!  
When I reassembled the thick rubber protector over the linkage, 
there is a cup shaped section where the stick goes through. Is it 
possible that this could be binding for me?  Should the cup-like 
shape be depressed inward (like a bowl), or should it protrude up 
around the stick (like an upside down  bowl)?  I am thinking I have 
it inward, possibly getting in the way of me moving the stick enough 
to the left.  If not, the addition of the reverse safety pin is 
causing me another issue.

Thanks to anyone who may have similar experience with the shifter 


Vin 10944

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "sweetp01569" <paul.sweet@xxxx> 
> Being as impatient as I am, and not waiting for what I am sure 
> have been excellent advice, I went to a local hardware store and 
> bought the same diameter/length tensioner pin.  The broken pin 
> easily pulled out with pliers and I tapped in the new one.  It 
> fine now - no more accidentally putting the car into reverse!
> Paul
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "sweetp01569" <paul.sweet@xxxx> 
> wrote:
> > I received a few posts on my problem earlier this month where I 
> had 
> > trouble looking for second gear when shifting. Someone mentioned 
> > that the reverse safety pin on the shift linkage could bent. 
> is 
> > the safety pin that makes it so you have to pull up on the 
> > to put the car into reverse. 
> > 
> > I looked at it today, and that is exactly the problem.  The pin 
> > completely broke off!  The broken half was sitting inside the 
> > linkage area.  Thus, when I am looking for second gear, I am 
> > fishing around reverse and fourth gears instead of being 
> > to shove the stick all the way to the left into second gear.  
> Thus, 
> > I grind or shift into fourth quite often when downshifting, and 
> > probably dangerously working against the reverse gears once in a 
> > while when I hear that awful grinding sound!
> > 
> > Is this pin easy to change?.  Will I be able to pull it or tap 
> > out and replace with a new one (if I pull it out, I want to make 
> > sure there are no surprises)? Also, is this pin a common sheer-
> type 
> > pin that can be bought at a hardware store?
> > 
> > Thanks for any advice.
> > 
> > Paul
> > Vin 10944

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