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Username Post: Gear Selector Adjustment        (Topic#348124)
steveimpala 
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11-09-17 08:04 AM - Post#2713767    

I have a 1969 Chevrolet C20 with a Turbo 400 transmission. The column selector can be difficult at times going from park to drive... is there a way to make an adjustment so that the selection is a lot smoother going from gear to gear ?

Thanks

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beagrizzly 
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11-09-17 08:15 AM - Post#2713773    
    In response to steveimpala

steve,
It sounds like the bushings on your linkage are worn out. Given the year model of your truck I'd say that it's probable.
Driving, and thus working on our older vehicles, sometimes it's hard to keep in mind that they were new at one time. Chevrolet didn't let it leave the assembly line if things weren't working right. That said, wear is usually the first thing to look at on peripheral items.
I am always looking to make sure the engine, trans, brakes, etc are in good shape. I take for granted that everything else works like it was intended. Wear happens to all components, not just the drivetrain.
Good luck,
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steveimpala 
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11-09-17 08:49 AM - Post#2713777    
    In response to beagrizzly

Thanks for the info...

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69_BOWTIE 
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11-09-17 06:23 PM - Post#2713839    
    In response to steveimpala

Squirt some wd-40 or whatever in the column ,I remove shift arm from colum then give a couple squirts. Usually it will free it up might be able to put the straw of wd in between arm and column and squirt


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steveimpala 
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11-09-17 09:24 PM - Post#2713857    
    In response to 69_BOWTIE

Thanks.... I gave it a shot and it does move a lot smoother now.... still going to check out the bushings, truck has 87,000 miles on it.

Steve



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JimKshortstep4x4 
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11-13-17 04:34 PM - Post#2714287    
    In response to steveimpala

69 Bowtie's method works good to free up the column slide which moves in the upper part of the column.

After freeing the column with penetrant, I use the spray grease that thickens and lubes longer then most penetrants. Lubing the lower mechanism is recommended, also.

Jim

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