Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: Dense moment with the shift linkage
I highly recommend the Paul S. LT service DVD's.
I was not going to service my linkage, figuring it was done by previous owners and the book was stamped by the dealer. Was I wrong!
Most of the seals were missing, little was left of what was there to begin with, and the clips were badly bent. It was a mess in there.
My eyesight requires the use of trifocals or up close, nothing....so it was a real task for me. Took me probably a couple of hours.
Helped to have some long needle nose pliers, a couple of the Sear's scribes and bent thingies, some new seals and clips, and a lot of patience.
After seeing how badly beat up some of the parts were, I then ordered a spare linkage set on the forum, just in case.
I have no intention of going back in there any time soon. You only need to remove the one panel to access the linkage. The rest is all technique.
I made some notes as to which direction the pins went in and rotated, should I need to replace anything. If I were 30 years younger, this would have been no big deal. No garage and working on a stone driveway made it that much more difficult.
So, before it falls apart, I would suggest buying at least the seals, some good grease and at least half a dozen new clips.
I found taking off first and putting the clip on the side panel last worked best for me, from what I can remember.