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Unread 02-15-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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89 Comanche transmission Shifter mishap. Need help please!

Ok so I checked my transmission oil on my standard comanche. It was on an incline, I had been changing the oil and had it in first with the parking break on. Well I started letting the oil drain slowly through the shifter when I got the idea that it would flow faster if I took the shifter out. Three bolts later it slid right out. I put oil in and went to slide it back in and the shifter would not go into 1st gear position. The shifter is a blade then a ball with a little groove in it do it will only go in one way. It will move from side to side as if in neutral but not up or down. And it is definitely still in first. I tried fishing into the tranny with a screwdriver but to no avail. I am desperate to get this fixed. I feel like an idiot for doing it please help. Thank you very much

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Unread 02-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Sounds like you just haven't hit that "sweet spot" where it will slide back in.
If you get it lined up just right, I'll bet it will go back in easily.
You didn't by any chance knock it out of first when you removed the shifter did you?
Out of curosity, why did you remove the shifter to replace the transmission oil?
That job is usually done from the bottom thru drain and fill plugs.
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Unread 02-22-2013, 11:52 PM   #3
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Block the wheels and with a screwdriver align all 3 "slots" of the rails in line. Then it will work like it should. I did the same with my BA 10/5.
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