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I'm plagued with a little problem here. This has happened three times now, and I gotta fix it. I'll be driving along and downshift from 5th, the shift lever moves and is in the loose (neutral) position, but I'm still stuck in 5th gear and can't get out of it! I have to remove the shift lever, and the tower, then looking at the linkage, I have to pry and twist the left mechanisms to get it to release back into neutral. Works fine for a while, then out the blue, she does it again. Anyone else have this problem? Is there an easy way to fix or does the whole tranny have to be replaced? It appears to be a spring or release mechanism that isn't working right. I can get it to return, but I know it'll happen again. (If it is the tranny.... anyone got a spare?)
Thanks for the help

Scott Trester
1988.5 Suzuki Samurai
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There is a single shifter locating bolt that locates the shifter stick. If it is worn out or chipped it might be causing your problem. It is a really easy fix and only cost a few bucks. You just remove your shifter column from the floor board and the bolt will be on the back of the shifter mount.

 

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Scott,

I had this happen to me one time - on Helicopter Pad at Tellico (NOT Fun). I winched on up to the top, and monkeyed with the shift rails until I got it to work. Hasn't given me any problems since but it bothers me.

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OILBURNER [email protected] 1988.5 Samurai, VW 1.9L Diesel,
GRS II, Toyota Axles w/ locked High-Pinion Diff's w/ 5.29's,
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Well, I've fixed it once (same as you), and hoped that was it, but it's coming back to haunt me. On my way into work this morning, it happened and I drove thru downtown Indy in 5th gear, pushed a few red lights, lugged around until I got to my parking lot.
I'm hoping to find a fix so it doesn't happen again, but I am getting real good at tearing open the shifter/tower and reinstalling it. /wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif /wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif

Scott Trester
1988.5 Suzuki Samurai
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Fixed...for now....

Well, I just got back in from working on it on my lunch hour. Seems there is a c-clip at the end of the left rod that holds a spring from the block. That clip keeps wedging into the block/shaft and locking it up. Does anyone have a manual with a diagram of the shift rods/linkage and part numbers? I could order new parts if I knew what they were. thanks.

Scott Trester
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Re: Fixed...for now....

Scott, I got the 86-88 book so I dont know if 88.5 is the same. But the clip is called a E-ring #08332-11106 the washer behind it is #08212-14201 and the spring behind the washer is # 09448-18016. Hope this helps.

John
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Thanks

Thanks John, it should be the same parts. Now I gotta find out how hard it is to replace them buggers. /wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif
Man, this board really moves along. I missed this weekend and had to go back two pages to get to this post. Lots going on here! That's Cool /wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif

Scott Trester
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