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1985 chevy scottsdale-won't shift

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by buster223, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. buster223

    buster223 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I need some help figuring out how i can fix a problem with my truck. I can't get it to shift at all. The shifter is stuck. Any help at all is greatly appreciated.

  2. joe_padavano

    joe_padavano Member
    Messages: 68

    How about you tell us what type of trans, floor or column shifter, and what do you mean by "stuck"?
  3. buster223

    buster223 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    shifter stuck

    It's a 700 trans with a column shifter and I can't get it out of park. It's stuck I can't get it to shift.
  4. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    First thing that comes to mind is true about any automatic in any vehicle. This was in my drivers ed handbook when I was learning to drive and while I've never had it happen, it was obviously there for a reason. I HAVE had it really really stiff on hills before.

    Is it sitting on any kind of slope? The weight of the vehicle could then be putting a lot of pressure on the parking pawl in the tranny and you may not be able to overcome that. Try having someone rock the truck back and forth a bit while you try to shift it, that will unload the pawl momentarily.

    If that doesn't work, have a look underneath that the tranny linkage isn't off its pivot and wedged somehow. Not much to go wrong with them!

    This is, of course, assuming that the tranny worked fine when parked!
  5. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    My 85 chevy often will stick in park when sitting on a slope as Derek mentioned, that could very well be your problem. How hard have you tried pulling on the shifter to see if it would come loose from park?
  6. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Do your brakelights work? I dont know that they did it that long ago, but some vehicles have the foot pedal safety for when you take it out of park, and if you blow a fuse to the brake lights you can't activate the release. But I think Dereks probably more right, I've had to do that plenty of times. My 97 actually has a similar problem but it doesn't have mechanical linkage like yours. Theres an intermittent wire fault that occasionally fails to recognize the brake circuit, and it won't let me take it out of park until I've fiddled with it and swore at it for ten minutes.