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Old 01-11-2001, 06:22 PM
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When I changed my tranny fluid last night, I noticed the linkage on the tranny flopped around where the long metal rod connects the shifter to the little arm on the tranny. upon removing the little arm on the tranny and getting the linkage down to where I could see it, it looks like there should have been some kind of bushing. Since a dealer is over 200 miles away from me, I got a plastic bushing and put it in a reinstalled everything. Before I did all this, the car would start in any gear. When I was under there, I found a little black arm with a "tit" that was not engaged in the shifter arm, it was pushed forward of the shifter. Now I have to have it in reverse or hold the shifter forward hard since I put the little black "switch " arm back in the hole of the shifter arm Is it posible to get the tranny in two gears if it is out of adjustment? So, other than adjusting the linkage until the car starts in the proper place, is there a better way? LOL. I hope someone can make sense out of all this.
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Old 01-11-2001, 06:33 PM
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that little black "tit"

has something to do with starting in park and is supposed to be positioned in the hole on the shifter linkage like you put it. Sounds like there may need to be some adjustment - a tech should be able to explain it.
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Old 01-18-2001, 01:54 AM
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I posted my question elsewhere and got an answer. I thought I would share what the Tech sent me in case anyone else has a need to adjust the automatic shifter linkage or safety start switch. My car starts in park and neutral, and now has backup lights. Oh yeah, the car is an 86 300E.

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Ron,
The tit indeed fits into the arm where you have it. If you notice, there is a hole in it, and a hole behind it in the switch body. Stick a drill bit in the hole when the lever is in neutral and it is lined up perfect. If it is not lined up, here's what you do.

Disconnect the shift linkage if necessary, it gets adjusted last and isnt important for switch alignment. Loosen the two 8mm bolts securing the switch itself. Put the shift lever in neutral by feel. All the way back is park, then two clicks forward, which are reverse and then neutral. Move the switch until the hole lines up between the tit and the switch body. Insert your drill bit. Tighten the two 8mm bolts securing the switch. Re-attach the shift linkage, and before you move anything, look in the car and be sure it is pointing at neutral. If not, change the length of the rod with the adjuster as needed.
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