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Not sure if I have a problem !

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13 Jul 2020 05:39 #40510 by Blackiron
Not sure if I have a problem ! was created by Blackiron
Car drives ands shifts well, but have just noticed after thirty years that the cross shift lever is hard left (looking from front) when idling in neutral with the clutch depressed. I cannot find in the shop notes where the neutral position should be, but it seems logical that it should be in mid position.
Do I have a problem or are all Cords this way ? . Can anyone help.

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13 Jul 2020 12:54 #40511 by JIM.OBRIEN
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Hi Blackiron, Yes there is a problem somewhere. with the clutch depressed and the shift selector in neutral the cross shift should be in the middle.

Hard left looking from the front is 4th gear. So the first question is does this only happen when you are coming out of 4th gear or does it happen all the time? If it only happens when you are coming out of 4th gear I would suspect it is not coming all the way out of 4th gear.

From your post it sounds like this may have just started and is happening all the time. Try the following trouble shooting
1. Shut the car off and see if the cross shift pops back to the center neutral position.
2. Start the car, place the shift selector switch in neutral - does the cross shift go hard left
3. Check voltage on the rear most terminal on the solenoid valves - it should be 0 volts
4. Disconnect the vacuum line on the left side of the cross shift - this is a bit difficult as the line is on the bottom below the cross shift switch. Is there vacuum there?

Stop as soon as you get a yes to any of these questions - you have found the problem
Give me a call if you have any questions, I am in the directory or I will PM you with my number.
Good luck! and let us know how you make out.
Jim

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13 Jul 2020 14:35 #40512 by 1748 S
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Your issue sounds like vacuum is always on the cross shift shaft holding it over to the 4th gear gate. If this is NOT an electrical issue I suspect your shift solenoid valve is leaking vacuum so the shaft stays hard over to the left. As Jim suggested. Start working thru this till you "find" the issue. Something is telling the cross shaft to stay hard over. With the engine shut down the shaft will return to the true neutral position.


Gary Parsons

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13 Jul 2020 14:46 #40514 by 1748 S
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I found this on You Tube. It clearly shows where neutral is supposed to be.


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13 Jul 2020 21:43 #40517 by Blackiron
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Thanks for the quick replies guys. I don’t know how long it’s been like this, maybe thirty years, maybe yesterday.
I’ll follow your suggestions and report back.
Thank you

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14 Jul 2020 02:14 #40518 by Blackiron
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Well, found the problem. The circlip holding the rotary selector switch in the steering column arm had come out of its groove allowing the switch to move slightly out of position.
An easy fix, thanks all.

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