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Old 06-22-2019, 12:20 PM
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81 240d 4 speed shifter spinning

I have a manual transmission 240 d and the shifter literally can spin around in circles.

I know the rear linkage bushings need replacing but I can't figure out why the shifter just spins around.

Any help? Pictures of the repair?

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Old 06-22-2019, 01:55 PM
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Can you post a video of what's going on? I use an '83 240D shifter in my race truck and I can't figure how this could happen but if there was a video I'd go look at mine and see how this could be possible. Guess I'm not quite sure what's happening for you.

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Old 06-22-2019, 03:24 PM
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I rebuilt my shifter a few months ago. I’m not sure if you mean the shifter spins on axis (like twists in place) or you mean you can move it around a circumference...
there are three plastic parts inside the shifter that can wreak all kinds of havoc when they break/disintegrate: two bushings and a spacer clip. Probably $10 for the lot. Tutorials are all over the site.
1981 240D 4sp manual. Ivory White.
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