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Old 01-16-2012, 09:31 AM
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Default Gearshift Won't Shift Gears

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My daughter's (sidebar: "My daughter's..." is a common theme here. Seems we all like to wrap our little girls in a lot of safe Swedish metal) gearshift on her 97 960 suddenly will not shift between P,R,N,D etc. There is free movement on the gearshift itself, and it feels like something like linkage has disengaged.

Car drove fine until she tried to put in Park in our driveway (thankfully it waited until she got home). Even though she put it to the "P" the car engaged in reverse. She stepped on the brake, tried to put it in Park again, but when it failed, she shut the car off.

Is this some kind of linkage issue? Would it be at the console or underneath?

Over the weekend I had the car up on jack stands. I wonder if lifting it caused any problems.

Any help would be most appreciated.

az
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:32 PM
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Posting in case anybody needs this later. Problem was indeed the linkage.

The bottom of the gear shift is connected to a 1M or so lever using a thick pin and a "c" connector that snaps into a groove in the pin and holds it in place. The other end of the lever connects to using a similar pin to another lever, which switches the transmission through PRNDL settings.

The C-connector came off at the transmission lever and left the long lever hanging uselessly.

The local NAPA parts folks didn't have the C-connector, so we improvised, using a threaded bolt in place of the pin and a pair of nuts tightened against each other in place of the C-connector. Worked like a champ for less than a dollar!
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:38 PM
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You was able to access that linkage from unde the car correct? From the passenger's side?
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:18 PM
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nice fix

not broken linkage ...but mine has the notorious ignition switch bug......start the car and you have to turn the key back just a touch.......if you don't turn it back the dash power, radio climate control don't work.......as well as you can't shift it out of park.......i about ripped the shifter out of the console the other day before i realized the radio wasn't on and i turned the key back and proceeded on my way like i knew what i was doing...lol

just another friendly Volvo bug reminder .........nice fix BTW
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:56 PM
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That ignition switch is about $59. It's easy to replace. I actually liked mine being bad. Looked at it as a security feature.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:12 AM
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I accessed the linkage from the driver's side. Once I got under there, the problem was very obvious.

Good to know about the ignition switch. I'll keep my eyes open for it.

Thanks for the compliment. I was kind of proud of myself. Even my wife was impressed.
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hey if you can turn a wrench and impress the wife at the same time.....you are in like flinn buddy....lol

rspi......i agree....my daughters battery died in her 850slt and she just jumped in the wagon without asking anyone, not knowing the wife had jury duty ....and viola she couldnt get it to move...................never thought of not fixing it, theft deterrent is a great idea

will the switch eventually not work though...or is the little turn back thing all that it does?
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Man, I turned my back for years. Worked every time.

Your 850 is a GLT, not SLT, correct?
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nice...i think ill leave it ..lol

ill double check for sure but it says SLT on the badge to the right of 850
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RSPI....i stand corrected......took the dog out and looked at the 850, 850 on left side of trunk and GLT under the left tail light ....my bad sir
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