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    Park-to-Drive/reverse shift cable - 2000 to 2004

    Hello All!

    I'm new to my first Caddy (2000 STS)....and I have, what is likely an easy question.

    My car is in beautiful condition, only 34K mi....but for as smooth as the car drives/handles and shifts through gears I feel like it sets into drive (or reverse) a bit harder than expected. I dont experience any slapping or clunking or anything as I put into gear, just a bit more effort to put into drive than I'd figure for this car. Is that normal?

    Is this just the nature of the FWD V8? (This is my 1st)

    Thanks for any comment on this!


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    Are you saying the transmission shifts harshly between gears, or that it's difficult to move the shifter?

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    I read is difficult to move shifter between gears.
    I would say check the shifter mechanism.

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    That's how I read it as well. I'd just open it up and lube all the moving parts with white Lithium grease.

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    I meant that moving the shifter is a little harder than I'd expect based on how smooth everything else is. While I'm driving the car shifts seamlessly. It's just putting shifter into park and drive sometimes is a little hard.

    I'm probably just being weird at this point, but thanks for the replies!
    I've just been obsessing about this car....it's new to me and such fun learning about all the features (and problems) now that I also found this forum.

    I'm going to try the white lithium grease. Thanks for the tip!

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    You're going to have to remove the shifter from the console to get at the moving parts. 4 screws and 2 cables.

    If that doesn't fix it, the cable may be seizing.

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    OR........ You don't set the parking brake when you shut the car off and the shifter is hard because the parking pin (pawl) is bound up in the transmission. Try setting the parking brake BEFORE you shift to park. See if its easier to move the shifter on restart. In an ideal world, the parking brake should be set each time the car's shut off to have the weight of the car resting on the brakes rather than the parking pin in the transmission.

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    Thanks for the info.....I'll test that out!

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    "Parking pawl torque lock" is addressed in the owner's manual.

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    95% of the drivers don't use the parking brake.
    60% of the drivers don't use turning signal when making lane changes and even worst turning right or left. Also >60% of the drivers when turning will fail to preserve the lane (like turn right directly on the left lane – this qualifies as illegal line change because is not signaled too). The only exception to this is the vehicles with wide turning radious (should be signaled as such). If you drive anything smaller or equal with a bus you have NO EXCUSE!

    How I came up with these numbers, I simply counted (I do it regularly while driving).

    In fact in few occasions when driving somebody else's car I got the "why the f* you applied the parking brake for?".

    Both are pissing me off.
    Police should do better job enforcing the turning signal thing, I consider it WAY more dangerous than speeding, but I actually saw MANY cruisers failing to use the turning signal, talking about lead by example.
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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    When I wrote service repair orders I would ask the driver to set the parking brake before restarting the car in the service dept. line or please open the hood with the inside release. Most, more than 60% would say, parking brake??? or where's the hood release?? Always thought that was amazing. Seems the more expensive the car, the less likely they knew. How about people entering a freeway at 40 MPH or one in three having at least one tail light out!

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    I exercise my parking brake every couple of weeks..... I guess so it won't be bound up when I don't use it. Lol.

    Not sure which is worse. People not signaling for a turn or lane change, or signaling when they're half way into the lane or turn. That kind of reminds me of when someone presses the "press button to cross" button, immediately walks across the street, then the light changes when they're already to the other side, leaving the whole intersection stopped for no reason.

    Common sense...iIsn't.

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    Yowsa!
    This is some serious business to consider!
    Thanks for the comments....and good stuff to think about.
    (I try to be safe and courteous while driving, but at times guilty of some infractions)

    I'm going to try to exercise this parking brake from time to time. I had no idea!

    Thanks.

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    The parking brake uses a jacketed cable from the foot pedal mechanism, down through the floor, to a T-connector for the individual L and R rear caliper mechanical brake lever. That jacketed cable tends to get "sticky", so occasional full travel exercise takes care of it. There's a manual release tab up in front of the foot pedal mechanism - grab a flashlight and try to find it ..............

    The release tab - some of the earlier models have a vacuum PB release, later ones use an electrical solenoid. Either type can hang up.

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    Re: Park-to-Drive/reverse shift

    Thanks for sharing this problem and some solutions, all. I'll try them for my issue as well.

    My 2001 Seville STS won't always go into park. The lever moves easily - it's not sticking. It's like it won't quite leave reverse. I'll feel it creeping backward - reverse lights will come on. I'll step on the accelerator and sure enough, it'll be in reverse, though the shift lever is in park. Next second, I'll try shifting to park again, and reverse lights won't be on but the car clearly won't be in park either, and I can in fact move it with one foot out of the door pushing it forward or backward. Sometimes, thinking it's in park, I'll hit the gas and the car will actually be in reverse. This is exciting! It seems to be a physical obstruction - it runs like a striped a$$ ape and shifts normally through all gears otherwise.

    Because of this, the previous owner clearly used and abused the e-brake to hold the car in place. The e-brake now will not stay engaged. I can push it down and feel it engage the rear brakes at very low/parking speed, but it won't stay engaged. I'll check the mechanism. Suggestions here?

    Again, thanks for taking the tie to share this info/thread. This is my very first post and my very first Caddy.

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