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Thread: shifter problem

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    catera questioner is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    shifter problem

    while driving, i accidentally bumped the shifter. Tranny did not shift and stayed in drive, but shifter moved into third. i continued driving with no problem, but when i stopped the shiftter wouldn't move. now i can't shift into park, so car won't start and can't open trunk because of safely switches. car is still in drive according to the indicator light. i am about 200 miles from home and would appreciate any ideas on how to get the shifter back in synch with the tranny. thanks it is a 2000 catera

    Last edited by catera questioner; 08-20-12 at 04:12 PM. Reason: forgot to include year of car

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    kaustein is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Re: shifter problem

    Disconnect the battery. Turn ignition to off and put foot on brake and see if that helps. Try that in any sequence.

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    catera questioner is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: shifter problem

    Thanks, I'll try that first thing in the morning

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    catera questioner is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: shifter problem

    Disconnecing the battery did not change anything. Any other thoughts?

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    kaustein is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Re: shifter problem

    Something is out of position. Sounds like the shifter physically moved, but did not change the transmission setting. Linkage might be bent or loose.

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    hemic05 is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: shifter problem

    The shifter is rivited to the floor the rod may have bent get under the car and take a look


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