[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


How did this get resolved?

I am having a similar problem after working in this area (dashboard 

It now takes quite a fight to get into reverse.  All other gears are 
smooth and, if I do manage to get the stick far enough left, reverse 
is smooth too.  

On inspection, I see my lower (rubber) boot is also depressed inward 
like a bowl.  


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "sweetp01569" <paul.sweet@...> wrote:
> 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, 
> 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 
> it inward, possibly getting in the way of me moving the stick 
> 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 
> area.
> Paul
> Vin 10944
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "sweetp01569" <paul.sweet@xxxx> 
> wrote:
> > Being as impatient as I am, and not waiting for what I am sure 
> would 
> > 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 
> works 
> > 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 
> > had 
> > > trouble looking for second gear when shifting. Someone 
> > > that the reverse safety pin on the shift linkage could bent. 
> This 
> > is 
> > > the safety pin that makes it so you have to pull up on the 
> shifter 
> > > to put the car into reverse. 
> > > 
> > > I looked at it today, and that is exactly the problem.  The 
> > > completely broke off!  The broken half was sitting inside the 
> > > linkage area.  Thus, when I am looking for second gear, I am 
> also 
> > > fishing around reverse and fourth gears instead of being 
> confident 
> > > to shove the stick all the way to the left into second gear.  
> > Thus, 
> > > I grind or shift into fourth quite often when downshifting, 
> > > probably dangerously working against the reverse gears once in 
> > > while when I hear that awful grinding sound!
> > > 
> > > Is this pin easy to change?.  Will I be able to pull it or tap 
> it 
> > > out and replace with a new one (if I pull it out, I want to 
> > > 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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