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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears! in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; What a surprise... I've owned the car for 4 years, and with only 99,000 miles on the car, I tried ...
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    Unhappy 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    What a surprise... I've owned the car for 4 years, and with only 99,000 miles on the car, I tried to put my 1996 FWB in "park" as I always do, but it stayed in "drive". Being on an incline I turned the engine off and coasted backwards; then put column in "P" and started the car. From habit I put the column shifter in "D" and drove home. After blocking the back wheels, and with a friend shifting gears inside car, I discovered the tang under the hood at end of steering column didn't move when shifting gears. However, I am able to change gears by moving the "tang' at the end of steering column (under the hood) and it goes into whichever gear I choose. Gearshift will go into "P" or "N" to start engine. I know it's something in the column, as the gear shift moves with little resistance... just a faint sound of "scratching". Unfortunately, the GM Service Manual isn't much help in explaining in either the documentation or diagrams...

    Any suggestions on repair... or is complete column replacement a better avenue? (I have a burgundy interior)

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    While you can disassemble a column, it's much easier to swap a column out. Don't worry about colour, they're easy to paint. You must swap your ignition cylinder into the new column for the car to start.

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Thanks... now my quest to find a column begins...

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Does anyone out there in Caddyland have any more suggestions... or a complete or partial steering column? I live in Nova Scotia... have paypal...and ready to buy!

    Can we talk?

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    I'll check with a friend. I sold him a column.

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    If jay doesn't have one I am parting out my 95, but it's a silver interior. Shipping a whole column is probably expensive but could be done.

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Poda now has the extra column I used to have. Send him a PM.

    Column shouldn't be too bad if you take the wheel, shifter, turn signal, and tilt off it. Then, shove it in a nice piece of cardboard or PVC tubing.

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    I think they also started back up the ferry service between yarmouth NS and portland ME, wonder if they do freight shipments on those ferries.

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    As they say in Nova Scotia... "Don't I wish"... however, I don't think they do... the former MV Bluenose that ran for 50 years did (not the one with real sails) but the new one is basically a tourist type vehicle carrier and great for tourists. It can carry freight trucks, but doesn't offer any freight service.[COLOR="Silver"]

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    Hey Outsider... I'm also interested in original chrome wheels... as for shipping, it comes with living on the East Coast and far away. I prefer to interchange the entire column except for the ignition switch and the steering wheel which have to be removed anyway. Mine are in excellent condition and the proper colour. As for the gear shift and the turn and tilt levers, I would prefer they also remain intact for me to decide which to use... it's amazing the small differences GM makes during production that can surprise us... eh!

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Mine is silver or grey interior. My wheels are not chrome, unfortunately. They're the alloy(?) ones and not in great shape.

    I'll see what I can do for the column!

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Thanks for the quick reply... OUTSIDER... There is an outfit in Calais, Maine that will hold large items for pickup... I have a Canadian passport and can enter the USA... pick up an item... go through customs and drive back.... in my 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon!

    When shipping across the border to Canada by carriers such as UPS, one has to pay broker fees which can be astronomical. In fact I learned the hard way... years ago, I bought on eBay, and the shipping and broker fees either matched or exceeded the cost of the items on two separate occasions.

    The trip could coincide with a trip to visit my brother in New Brunswick.

    Cheers... eh!

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    How can I PM "Poda"... I haven't had the opportunity to learn the ropes...

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Greyhound bus delivers stuff.

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    Re: 1996 Fleetwood Brougham won't shift gears!

    Almost a month has gone by and I still haven't found a steering column for my 96 FWB... Can't drive my beautiful Cadillac and a bit frustrated. One salvage outfit in the USA was sure they had one, but it turned out to be for a Deville!!!???

    Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darntootin View Post
    Almost a month has gone by and I still haven't found a steering column for my 96 FWB... Can't drive my beautiful Cadillac and a bit frustrated. One salvage outfit in the USA was sure they had one, but it turned out to be for a Deville!!!???

    Any advice?
    We have them in the yards here, but I cannot guarantee everything on it will work. Then there is shipping

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