>Hey everyone. I'm the happy new owner of an 1986 240 DL with automatic
>trans. It seems to me that it requires more muscle than normal to shift
>from P to R, or between any positions, for that matter. Sort of makes a
>load "clunk" noise too, which you can feel. Is this normal - just a
>matter of a heavy old car? Or does something need to be lubed,
>replaced, etc? But runs like the wind...
>Any help would be appreciated.
And, as James and Michael said, there are two easy explinations:
1) The linkage is in and of itself binding. If you can get under the
car safely with a bright light you will see that there are three pivot
points to the linkage. One is at the base of the shifter itself, and
the two others are at each end of the rodt that connects the stick
shifter to the tranny. At each of thise three points there is one or
two bushings. If these are really dirty, broken, or missing it should
be easy to tell. You could even disconnect the one at the tranny and
have someone CAREFULLY shift through the gears to see if it is stiff.
1b) With the linkage off it may be possible to manually shift through
the gears by moving the lever on the side of the ranny to ascertain
whether that is he problem (see "3" below).
2) You may find that the linkage is difficult to remove becasue it is
under stress. This would be from the failure or shifting of one of the
"3" motor mounts (two front mounts and one tranny mount). With teh
stiuck shift car, it doesn't take much movement to make shifting
difficult. The mounts should not be deformed or shifted away from
parallel along their sides. If they like more like parallelograms than
rectangles, if they have separated, or are noticeably bulged or
disformed, then they need to be replaced. Fortunately, they are
inexpensive. Unfortunately, without a floor jack, firm ground, and
jack stands it can be difficult or even dangerous to change them if
you don't know what you are doing.
3) Those are the two easy solutions... unfortunatewly, the last one
would mean that there is probably something wrong in the tranny.
Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
'90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
"Shelby" & "Kate"