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    returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    I noticed an issue with my csx, where once 5th gear is selected, and return it to the horizontal neutral gate, it normally would return to the space between 3rd and 4th gear. Mine does not. It's working fine when you select r-1 or 2 and it'll return to the 3-4 position. Is this an issue in the transaxle, or shifter?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    Probably the shifter cables.

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    Re: returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    What about adjusting the shifter???? Just to be sure
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    Miles

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    Re: returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    It's probably a combination of things. Check the shifter and make sure the crossover linkage is working correctly. Check the cable and make sure it is free. Make sure you haven't lost any clips. Last thing would be to pop the shift fork selector mechanism off the transmission and look at the springs that return the selector shaft to the center.

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    Re: returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    So the return springs are in the transmission? I was hoping they were in the shifter. All linkages and shift quality is fine, just once you pull the shifter out of 5th gear, the shifter doesn't return to the center 3-4 neutral gate.

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    Re: returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    Quote Originally Posted by shadow88 View Post
    So the return springs are in the transmission? I was hoping they were in the shifter. All linkages and shift quality is fine, just once you pull the shifter out of 5th gear, the shifter doesn't return to the center 3-4 neutral gate.
    There is a spring mechanism in the selector lever housing on top of the trans. That's why there's the force required to push the selector lever into/out of the trans.

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    Re: returning to the 3-4 gate problem

    first I would check all the clips are in position and everything is attached to the shifter and trans properly

    the bolt/nut holding the link to the end of the selector shaft on the trans can also come loose

    check there's no gunk jamming up the shifter

    if everything seems ok then detach the shift cables from the trans and check how smoothly the cable moves inside them

    they can get really bad before they are so bad you can no longer drive the car - my 87 shelby z was virtually theft proof as only I could make the shifter work lol

    but check EVERYTHING else , including doing the shifter alignment , before ripping the selector box off the top of the trans

    the bolt to lock the shifter to do the alignment should be attached with a plastic thingy to the shifter mounting bracket
    REMEMBER IT IS REVERSE THREAD !!!! ... lefty tighty , righty loosie
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    and the one for the trans should be on the selector mech

    if you don't have that little bolt I have one in my toolbox here by rouge beach go station

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