How do you remove the shifter lever in an automatic?

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  1. bavbob

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    I see a small black screw which won't move, but somehow I don't think this is all that is needed. Last step in getting the entire center console removed.
     
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    Its been a few years i removed an auto box from a car to do a conversion but I'm sure you have to undo a couple of bolts on the bottom of the stick which are easy to get to from underneath the car.
     
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    Check the Blue Books, I did this on a 75 2002 automatic, I think the T just unscrews but reassembly is a bit more challenging to insure it moves freely.
     
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    Yep, unscrew. Needed to use quite some force on mine. Both hands and some strong language.

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    Be careful it doesn’t break - probably hard to find replacement auto shifter handles ....... and the alternatives aren’t nice lol :

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    Thanks all.
     
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    Ok now replacing it, screwed all the way down, wont let me move out of park. 3/4 down, moves freely all around. Move out of park and then tighten all the way down and freely moves between gears but not into park. Did my best to align the shafts to catch the threaded one deep down. I am clearly missing something.........
     
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    I had this issue with a 2002, very frustrating. I reread the Blue Book five times and then figured it out. Don’t remember how though.
     
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    Do you remember having to get under the car?
    Signed, No blue book
     
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    Not under the car. Hold shift button in while setting the screw, or something like that, I’m not home right now.
     
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    If it doesn't want to go into park, it may be the issue that the button does not lift a pin inside the stem (tube) of the shifter high enough to clear the step of the 'combed' gate. I know 2 variant of shifting pattern exist, but I can only describe my own version:

    The rear gear selection is blocked ( in my may 73 cs) with a horizontal pin that lifts and allows clearence over the 'combed' black shifter support. This pin is threaded in the middle, and connects the the vertical rod inside the selector tube. The pin is lifted when you push the button on the side of your gear selector.
    The stem of the selector has a slot that allows the pin to move upward.

    In the picture you can see it resting in the forward slot; the parking position.
    For reverse, it needs to travel to the back, and thus lift a bit.
    The tube itself also has the large fine thread above the chromed section.

    When reassembling the lot, there are thus two threads that need to catch.

    The inner one needs to be connected first. You probably need to hold the pin up with two fingers as high up in the slot of the tube as you can to get it to catch while spinning the entire selector. When it catches, you can lower the selector and screw it on the tube. I am not sure if you should or should not push the button on the side of the selector while getting the pin to catch.

    You can check easily if it the pin is connected after installation; there should be a few pounds (~30-50 newton's I guess) of resistance when pushing the button. If it did not catch the pin, then the knob on the side feels way to light (no resistance).

    if it is connected, and still doesn't want to go into park, then something else is wrong.
     

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    All done and never again. What a PIA
     
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    I agree!
     
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    Experience has taught us that as we take something apart, we simultaneously keep track of the order we did it and also think prospectively, how to put it back together. In this case, all that went out the window. What a set up. If you just unscrew something with miles of room around you, what's to screwing it back................In the pharmaceutical industry, this job would have a "Black Box" label.
     

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