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Old 08-20-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default shifter suddenly feels very "loose"

i'm in the process of breaking in my car after 18 months of everything, including the drivetrain being torn down and reassembled. As i passed the 350 mile mark for the motor, and after about 100 miles driving in dry, hot weather, the shifter suddenly felt EXTREMELY loose for the last 20 yards of my drive. in neutral, the shifter moves side to side with just a gentle touch. it still retains it's rebound affect however. in gear, the shifter feels like it is in neutral (when neutral was normal). still, loose and almost limp. the shifter has remained this way even after a full day of colling off.

does anyone know what would cause this? any help would be GREATLY appreciated, as i would like to be able to drive my car regularly again for the first time in almost 2 years.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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Are all of the shifter bushings there?

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Old 08-20-2009, 03:35 PM   #3
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yes, the shifter bushings were installed with the shifter. is there a possibility that they cam loose or off?
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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busted bolt in linkage
busted roll pin
busted rear stay
busted bolt for front stay

Put it up in the air and take a look, and let us know what you find.
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having a look in one hour
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:18 PM   #6
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well it turns out the the mechanic who installed my clutch/flywheel did not tighten a few bolts down there. after bringing it to my friends house he found one nut was missing, and two were loose. one of them was cross threaded or just the wrong thread. things are back together now and running well!
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well it turns out the the mechanic who installed my clutch/flywheel did not tighten a few bolts down there. after bringing it to my friends house he found one nut was missing, and two were loose. one of them was cross threaded or just the wrong thread. things are back together now and running well!
Which bolts? The nut that holds the front shifter stay bushing on? and/or the bolts that hold the rear stay on?
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Which bolts? The nut that holds the front shifter stay bushing on? and/or the bolts that hold the rear stay on?
hmm, not sure about terminology but it was the vertical bolt under the shifter the the horizontal bolt a little bit of a ways down from the vertical one.
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hmm, not sure about terminology but it was the vertical bolt under the shifter the the horizontal bolt a little bit of a ways down from the vertical one.
Those would be the trunnion bolts (as in the linkage itself)
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:07 PM   #10
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I have had a bolt fall out of the shift linkage, and I had to lower the tranny to fix it properly.

use lock-tite when you replace the bolt
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