Cannot shift into reverse, why? on 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

I have a standard, 5-speed transmission and cannot shift into reverse gear; what could be the problem(s)?

by in Owasso, OK on November 10, 2009
6 answers 8 comments
ANSWER by on November 17, 2009
Does it feel like it shifting correctly and doesn't move when you accelerate? Or does the shift linkage feel different?
COMMENT by on November 17, 2009
All forward gears work fine - I CANNOT shift into REVERSE GEAR....
COMMENT by on June 01, 2010
I, too, have the same problem. My Cruiser was working fine as I parked at work. After work, I couldn't back up out of the parking space because I couldn't shift into reverse. I tried moving forward to line up the gears (or something). It's worked before, but this time all I got was a scraped curb and the inability to move either forward or backward. What can I do?
COMMENT by on June 02, 2010
Mine is having the same problem. All the forward gears work fine, but I can't shift into reverse. If I play around with \it a bit, it will eventually work (so far)
COMMENT by on June 04, 2010
I did some research on my own and found out that the sift linkage bushings tend to go on the PTs after some time..essentially it is somewhat of a maintenance item that wears out over time..the dealership will try to sell you the entire cables (that hold the bushings) to fix the problem (very expensive)..I performed some additonal research and found a company that sells the fix..Booger bushings for the PT that works on Neons as well..paid the dealer to install them on the transmission end of the cables only (they sell the sift end as well as part of the kit fix)..and it fixed the problem. Now shifts better in all gears..including reverse!!
COMMENT by on June 19, 2010
Thank you for responding...now I have some information that I can make good use of.
COMMENT by on September 23, 2010
Where can I find those Booger bushings to put in my cruiser cable
ANSWER by on June 02, 2010
Mine is having the same problem. All the forward gears work fine, but I can't shift into reverse. If I play around with \it a bit, it will eventually work (so far)
ANSWER by on June 19, 2010
i just fixed this problem for one of my customers pt. the bushings it the end of the shift cables are junk. the pt cruiser are bad about it. i put a new set of cables on it worked great,,,,,,,,,,
COMMENT by on June 19, 2010
Thank you for this information...this is helpful - greatly appreciated.
ANSWER by on January 03, 2011
Remove the air cleaner and the air cleaner box have a partner move the shifter you will see the bushings at the joints that are worn out I made my own on my lathe they just snap in
ANSWER by on February 22, 2011
Replace gear shift cable
ANSWER by on April 05, 2011
its your linkage cable, probally the bushings on the end of cable they are rubber and errode to heat and age. you just cant buy bushing the dealer says you have to buy whole new cable . NOT WRONG BUDDY, GOTO WWW.BOOGERBUSHINGS.COM ORDER A 20.00 BUSHING AND INSTALL IT YOURSELF, I DID MINE IN 15 MINUTES EASIEST AND CHEAPEST REPAIR EVER, NOW THE CAR GOES N REVERSE AND ALSO TIGHTENED UP THE OTHER GEARS.
COMMENT by on April 06, 2011
Thank you for the information...this confirms what I've been told. I appreciate the info on the web site - thank you very much.