Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000 14:25:43 GMT
From: "Ask The MasterTech" <>
Subject: Re: can't get into reverse sometimes (1984 900 S)

JW, Try pulling the shift ball off and adjusting the pin length yourself by turn the pin clockwise down in the hole where the shift ball was. There is a small wire that sits in the shifter and controls the depth of the guide pin in the bottom of the shifter. The overall length is probably the problem. Hopefully this will help. TW <> wrote in message > For the past few days I have been having major problems getting my > 1984 900 S into reverse. Gears 1 through 5 work perfectly, very > smooth. But lately when I pull up the little collar and move the > stick to the right to put it into reverse, it just stops before > going all the way over. It feels like it's hitting something. I have > to make 5 or 6 attempts sometimes, but it eventually goes into gear, > and then works fine. > > I know from reading this newsgroup that reverse is problematic on > the old 900s (mine has 116K miles on it), but I'm hoping this is a > minor adjustment to the "pull-up collar" mechanism? > > btw, as a follow-up, I posted here about replacing all the brakes a > few weeks ago and I got a bunch of good replies. Turns out my local > mechanic said I could get by just replacing the rear calipers, > rotors and pads and wait a little longer on the fronts. Total cost > for the rear was $561. > > Damn, I wish I had the space to work on the car myself...such is > life in the city. > > -jw

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