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I think the auto shift likage is loose on my truck or at least i hope thats the problem, when i put it in P its like its still halfway in reverse, i was wondering if thats an easy fix and how should i go about fixing it? i heard that there is a little screw that needs to be tightened, and can i do it myself or does someone need to be in the truck working the shifter?
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Does it get hard to move when you put it into park like that? I know on mine I had a similar problem, and when I would shift to park, it would just stop and wouldn't go any further. Turned out that running down a gravel road threw a rock up into the linkage, and once that was removed, everything worked fine again.
Call it an early midlife crisis.
what its doing is when i put it in P (and its not hard to move at all) the indicator goes all the way to the left as its supposed to but it doesnt go into park, if i give it a sec and give it some gas it kinda halfway engages with reverse- grinds a little. Sometimes I get lucky and it does go into park if i really slam it, but not so much. Basically the indicator is a "guideline" of sorts to tell me where the gears are, as I have to put the indicator halfway between R and P to go in reverse. Not sure if that makes sense... so to me there should be somthing i can adjust under the truck??
You def. have a linkage issue going down to the trans. You will want to jump under your truck and look at the linkage and look for something that came loose or something. There may be a rod down there that got slightly bent or something.
'99 Ram 1500 Club Cab 4X4 5.9L V8 Automatic.
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I have the same issue sometimes it is fine(if you have a feel for each gear) but other times it won't go into park unless I run shifter up and down a few times I traced it to the linkage(looks like rod shape of an "L") that goes through the frame to the driver side of the transmission that is held in with cotter pin. Anyways main point if that is not tight it(your shifter and shift indicator on dash looses it's place and is no longer in sync) you'll know it is loose if you can grab it and it wiggles around I took a couple of washers and shimmed it tight as possible then put little springs to keep rod holding taunt(firm) in place.
Sorry for the essay but everyone is soo far from the right fix and good luck finding any info I haven't anyways
Last edited by 98_Ram_1500; 10-25-2014 at 12:56 AM..