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Shifting problems
6-7-2013
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Ron
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My Syncro: 1986 with Subaru EJ22 motor; 330K miles on chassis, 50K on Subaru conversion

I had an annoying shifting problem; here's how I solved it.

The problem
On occasion my trans would become stuck in reverse. I'd have to crawl under the bus and move the lever that's on the side of the trans back into neutral. The linkage that goes to the shift lever has a cup on the end that nearest the trans; the trans lever is a ball that fits in the cup. If I tried to force it, the cup/ball would become separated and I'd have to remove the mount plates to put it back together.

My assessment
Because of wear or misalignment, I believe the ball would get hung up on the edge of the cup and not allow me to shift out of reverse.

My fix
I removed the two oblong plates that retain the shift linkage and filed the bottom edge of the two holes 2-3 mm to allow me to push the cup end of the linkage up a bit higher. It worked beautifully; I have not had it hang up in reverse since doing this.

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