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Old 02-28-2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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Default 98 SL2 Shifter Linkage?

Pulled in the driveway tonight, put it in reverse (5 speed) and I think I felt my linkage unhook. Transmission is stuck in Reverse and the shifter moves freely front and back without depressing the clutch but no side to side movement. Is this an easy fix and can someone walk me through it? All advice welcome. thanks, Scott

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Old 02-28-2009, 02:53 AM   #2
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Just got done doing a search and I'm hoping I get lucky and just need a shifter bushing as it looks like it is a common problem. sounds like I need to look on ebay if I need one or I saw a post about Toyota siper linkage bushings from Advanced Auto will work in a pinch. the steel one sounds better. also read where someone used a bolt, nut and a few washers. I'll check it out tomorrow night after work and hopefully get to the root of my problem.

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Old 02-28-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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Default Re: 98 SL2 Shifter Linkage?

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Just got done doing a search and I'm hoping I get lucky and just need a shifter bushing as it looks like it is a common problem. sounds like I need to look on ebay if I need one or I saw a post about Toyota siper linkage bushings from Advanced Auto will work in a pinch. the steel one sounds better. also read where someone used a bolt, nut and a few washers. I'll check it out tomorrow night after work and hopefully get to the root of my problem.
The center console should come up with just four screws removed, two in back, two in front.

If it is the shifter bushing (which is likely), you may be able to do a temporary fix using two or three wire ties to hold the shifter cable end over the ball.

I would recommend the shifter bushing replacements sold on eBay -- either the Delrin or the Stainless bushing -- your choice.

I cannot recommend the Toyota wiper bushings. I tried them for about three months, and the bushing was so tight it worked the end off of my shifter cables. I opted to replace the cables entirely -- a $260 part from the dealer. The cables come with a new shifter bushing.

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Old 02-28-2009, 12:44 PM   #4
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Dorman (aka Motormite "HELP!") now makes a bushing for our cars. Part #14043. No word on the forums yet as to its performance / quality / ease of installation.

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Old 02-28-2009, 01:57 PM   #5
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Default Re: 98 SL2 Shifter Linkage?

dont forget to check the transmission end as well. The clips lose their grip after have the transmission removed several times (for clutch job) and can pop off. Make the shifter feel like a wet noodle. LOL There are 4 clips, One holds the cable to the case, and the other holds the cable end to the linkage, on both linkages. Have an assistant work the linkage and make sure its all hooked up before you rip out the console.

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Old 02-28-2009, 02:14 PM   #6
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+1^^^ Check drawing.

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