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Old 03-31-2011, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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46RE shift linkage problems

I started having troubles with the truck popping out of gear into neutral. Didn't matter if it was in "D", "2nd", or "1st". At first it was just in 4wd when I had some throttle on it. Now it started popping into neutral when in 2wd pulling out and turning. I looked at all the tranny mounts and all are secure. However I found that the rod that goes into the transmission from my linkage has alot of movement in it.

I have a spare tranny here so I checked to see how much play that one had and found that it is solid.

If I grab it and move it, the top of the rod is secure but it seems that the bottom of the rod is unattached somehow, is there a bearing on the lower end or is the end into the casting of the tranny? Can I get at this to fix it through the throttle body? If not, how do I fix this?

This is the rod I'm talking about. Any help would be appreciated...

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Old 04-04-2011, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same problem with the truck popping out of gear, but it only does it in "D". If I have it in 2, or 1 there is no problems shifting out of gear. However, I know it is just an issue with adjustment as when the column is adjusted the tranny shifts perfectly.

My rod also has a ton of movement, but I know mine is a result of the body lift. Some how it got messed up during the install and it seems "unattached" as you said.

Although in looking at your pic, I think mine is on the front shaft, not the actual assembly where you are having the issue.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If the part that is loose is the one you have the arrow pointed at, that is the lever that mounts tot he valve body shaft. If it's loose, you can tighten the clamp on the shaft. If the shaft is loose, you are probably looking at a new valve body.
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