Help, stuck in Ontario with stuck gearshift

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Help, stuck in Ontario with stuck gearshift

Post by psychedelica » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:25 pm

I left my 91 L300 in Ontario and off the road for the last year and a half. I was going to be driving back to BC this week but the automatic transmission gear selector seems to be stuck and not showing the right gear on the dashboard, as well as beeping like it was in reverse when it's actually in drive. I'm trying to see what's wrong but to have a look I need to remove the selector knob. To do this the shop manual says "push the cover down" to reveal screws. But it really, really doesn't' want to go anywhere, not down, not anything. I'm stuck, it's been days. Help!

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Help, stuck in Ontario with stuck gearshift

Post by Growlerbearnz » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:48 pm

So the lever itself won't move? Or does the lever move fine, but the dashboard indicators are wrong? Does the button on the side of the lever press in ok?

I've never had much luck removing the shifter lever either, but you can get at most of the mechanism without taking it off.

You can remove the housing around the lever without removing the knob. Take off the 4WD selector knob (it unscrews), undo the 4 screws holding the surround in place, and lift the surround and rubber boot off. You'll need to rotate it 90 degrees to get it over the selector knob.

From there you can see most of the mechanism, particularly the shifter cable.

The switch that controls the dashboard indicators (and the reverse lights, beeper, and starter interlock) is on the side of the transmission. It's the quarter-circle shaped thing. If it's come loose, or squirrels have eaten the wires, you can get some odd dashboard indicators, but it won't stop the lever moving or the transmission shifting into drive.
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