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Old 01-12-2004, 03:57 PM   #1
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In my 89 Caravan, my gear selector doesn't match up with the gears. Just top the right of 2 I'm in drive. Around D I'm in reverse... it's really annoying. What can I check/fix/replace to cure this?
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Adjust the cable (outer) on the transmission.
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Where should I look? (I'm a newbie... long time Chevy owner!)
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On top of the transmission. Loosen the bolt and slide the outer cable.
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Never fixed this in my last van and guess what? My new van is the same.

So, loosen the bolt and slide the shifter cable?
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Where should I look? (I'm a newbie... long time Chevy owner!)
a newbie w/ over 1000posts?

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:04 PM   #7
 
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note the date of that post
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:59 PM   #8
 
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If I'm reading your question properly, you don't have any problem with the shifting part of it, its just that the indicator doesn't show what gear you're really in? This is usually the string going from the indicator in the guage cluster to the shift column. If you take off the plastic piece below the steering column, you should be able to see a green wire wrapped around the outside of the shifter thing. You can take off the clip that holds it on and move it so that the shifter and indicator line up.
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Far as it seems it shifts fine. Just is off on the indicator... but that sounds like a lot of work! haha
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It's just the string(resembles floss actually). It's stretched over time and doesn't pull the inidcator as far as it should. You can "try" to fix it, but good luck. Just count the detent clicks....
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The other reason for this problem, is dropping the steering column without disconnecting the string. That stretches the string. Pull the clip off of the column where the string is. You might have to double up the string or bend the clip tighter to have the string stay in place.

Or, just take the auto trans out, and put in a five speed that's more cost effective, right 90turbovan????
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Yah wish I could do the 5 speed swap but there's no chance of ever finding the parts!

I think I'll leave it alone. Better being off than none at all when I break it!
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Actaully...if you ask REALLY nice and have the right amount of $$$ I *might* know somebody that has ALL of the interior parts to do the swap. ;)
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