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Re: 89 900S loss of reverse and 5th [saabnet.com]
Posted by Andy Hill - http://saabnet.com/tsn/forms/e.php3?em (more from Andy Hill - http://saabnet.com/tsn/forms/e.php3?em) on Tue, 21 Sep 2004 19:37:55
In Reply to: 89 900S loss of reverse and 5th [saabnet.com], Bruce Church - http://saabnet.com/tsn/forms/e.php3, Mon, 20 Sep 2004 21:27:05

The pin on the shifter is supposed to be straight. It is not likely that a
bent pin is preventing shifting into 5th, although it may prevent shifting
into reverse if the pin is not allowed to retract into the shifter when you
pull up on the lock out. These two gears are also related by shift gate
inside the transmission. If the other gears still work, then the shift
finger on the control shaft is okay. It may be having trouble sliding the
5th gear control vane through the selector gate on the main control shaft.
You may be able to see the problem by removing the cover plate on the right
side of the engine where the transmission dipstick tube enters the
transmission. All the good stuff is visible behind that plate. Remove the
10mm bolt that holds the dipstick tube, remove 9 12mm bolts, and remove the
cover. All the oil will spill out. There is also a spring, but it probably
won't fall out, and it is easy to put back if it does. It goes in the top
left hole. Identify the broken piece, and head to the parts store. Good
Luck.
-Andy
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