car won't go into gear


Old 12-27-03, 04:37 PM
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Unhappy car won't go into gear

I have an 89 buick century been running great. son drives it to the store calls me and sz won't shift into gear. I go to check it out and it won't go into gear. auto trans and as if the transmission isn't in gear was rolling backwards had to put emergency break on. HELP!!!!!!!
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Old 12-27-03, 05:37 PM
darrell McCoy
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check the shifter cable. Maybe it came unhooked.
Old 12-27-03, 08:58 PM
mike from nj
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are you saying it's in park but it's still rolling backward?

first thing, like darrell said, is the shifter cable

after that, it's possible to have broken an axle, like a CV joint pulled out. the car will roll in park with this. look for a huge grease splatter area underneath.
Old 12-28-03, 02:50 AM
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Darrell said check the cable, I had the same problem on my 2001 car. I went under the car and a clip came off which loosened up the tension on the cable. But when it happened to me the car was in Park.

Get under the car and have someone shift the gears , see if everything is tight. DON'T FORGET TO BLOCK THE WHEELS UP!

or like the Mike said maybe the axle popped off.

Good luck
Old 12-28-03, 06:52 AM
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appreciate the suggestions

I will check for all those items. when it is supposedly out of gear or in park it still rolls backwards. I will go and look for each of the items you guys said to check. again thanks

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