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2004 Arc with manual trans, 89700 miles. This post is to help anyone who might experience trouble shifting a stick shift 9-5 into reverse. I installed a Taliaferro short shifter into this car four years ago at the request of my dear wife of 55 years and counting because she really likes her stick shift car. It worked flawlessly until recently when she/we began to experience difficulty in shifting into reverse. Nick Taliaferro suggested that the bushings in the shifter mechanism under the hood might be worn and sloppy so I went looking for trouble. Couldn't see any slop anywhere so got physical with it.
After slicing my hands and arms up pretty good on the usual under hood stuff I finally got my fingers on the shifter mechanism and could feel the slop in it as dear wife waggled the shift lever around. Put the trans into 4th gear, pulled the rubber plug on the trans top and inserted an extra long #10 drill bit into the hole to lock it fourth gear. Lifted the leather shift gaiter and put a long #5 drill bit into the hole in the shifter housing ahead of the shifter. Back under the hood using a really long extension I loosened the 13mm bolt on the clamp of the shifter mechanism and then rotated the bolt, clamp, everything towards the driver's side of the car as dear wife pushed the gear shift lever towards the driver's side of the car. Tightened the bolt, pulled the two drill bits, stuffed the rubber plug back into place and tried the shifter. Just like new - probably for a short while but long enough to keep us driving while I get a new unsloppy shifter mechanism which I'm really not looking forward to installing.
Nick Taliaferro was absolutely right and I thank him from the bottom of my rusty old heart.
Hope this posting can help someone some day.
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