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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Can you identify the part in this picture?

Hello, can anyone here tell me which of these is the shift lever in this picture of my transmission underside? (I am installing a new solenoid pack. I have already unplugged the green TRS connector, but have tried for two hours to identify the shift lever based on descriptions on the internet.)



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It is the rounded tipped 'thingy' that is directly above and behind the green plug. The green plug is your Transmission Range Sensor plug.

This may help - it is taken from above the transmission, so you'll just have to think backwards.


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Thank you much cdmccul!

To confirm, is the shift lever/shift cable where I've marked the red dot?

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Yup, that is the bottom of it. The cable snaps onto a ball stud on the other side of the red dot - no screws or bolts, etc.
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Thank you so much. You don't know how much you've helped me out.

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Well, this one is, anyway! Glad to help you!

What are you doing with your car? Looks like you're dropping the trans?
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I'm replacing the solenoid pack. In California you need a smog check every 2 years, but I just found out that you will auto-fail the smog check if the check engine light is on. And so you're forced to keep your car in decent running shape in order to drive legally in CA.
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Do they plug in to the computer, or do they just look for a check engine lamp? I'd be temped to remove the lamp.
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It strongly sounded like the smog check gets the error codes from the computer. (Otherwise, the measure would be pretty easy to defeat.)

I removed the shift cable from the shift lever, now I'm trying to remove the shift lever itself. The service manual says to rotate it clockwise. I can't tell if they mean clockwise looking as if from above or from me laying on my back looking up. (In any case, the shift lever doesn't seem to want to pop out very easily in either position, although it rotates just fine.)

Do you know if I rotate it in the direction of the orange arrow or the blue one?


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Do they plug in to the computer, or do they just look for a check engine lamp? I'd be temped to remove the lamp.
Unless they are incredibly stupid, the CA test would first verify the lamp (switch on), then check it running. Most likely they hook it up.
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Agreed - they should check lamp operation to begin with - I hadn't thought of THAT... but I guess I was thinking quietly to myself about 1st gen OBD 1 cars, and didn't fill you guys in on the thoughts I was keeping private! Hahahha So, skip that whole thing.

Anyway, as for what you are trying to do - I THINK what you have to do is put the car in one click beyond the lowest gear on the gear selector - so that means it has to move farther forward (towards the front bumper) - which would be orange. Then you unbolt the lever arm only. Then from under the car, you drop the pan and valve body. Pulling the valve body down involves pulling the shift shaft from the top of the transmission down, and there will be some effort involved most of the time. There will be a ring of scum around the shift shaft you have to work past.

I'll try to find a link to a thread where a guy pulled a valve body.
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Excellent, it looks like I've rotated the shift lever in the correct direction then (orange, towards the front bumper). I was also able to push off the lever arm by tapping a hammer against a screwdriver on it (on advice from sc.intrepid).

Accidentally ingesting transmission fluid to commence tomorrow.
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hHAhahahhaha Yea, I have mopped up trans fluid with my hair (back when I had more hair, ha!) and that isn't a fun shower afterwards...

As long as you've got the pan off, you might consider installing a trans drain plug. And of course, change the filter while you're there. Make sure you get the old o-ring out of the filter intake before installing your new filter and o-ring (supplied in the kit).
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I'm replacing the solenoid pack. In California you need a smog check every 2 years, but I just found out that you will auto-fail the smog check if the check engine light is on. And so you're forced to keep your car in decent running shape in order to drive legally in CA.
Sounds like PA. Yearly inspections here and if the CEL is on, even for a disconnected battery in the last 40 starts, you fail.
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Sounds like PA. Yearly inspections here and if the CEL is on, even for a disconnected battery in the last 40 starts, you fail.
haha thats why ya got to live in the quieter parts of pa... none of that smog BS where i live... just a normal state inspection
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