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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Question: Cannot shift into reverse, why?

 

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kroosingkruzer, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Owasso, OK, November 10, 2009, 10:32
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I have a standard, 5-speed transmission and cannot shift into reverse gear; what could be the problem(s)?

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, November 17, 2009, 20:52
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    Does it feel like it shifting correctly and doesn't move when you accelerate? Or does the shift linkage feel different?

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    kroosingkruzer, November 17, 2009, 22:02
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    All forward gears work fine - I CANNOT shift into REVERSE GEAR....

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    Visitor, June 01, 2010, 22:22

    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?

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    Visitor, June 02, 2010, 12:27

    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)

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    Visitor, June 04, 2010, 17:10

    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!!

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    Visitor, June 19, 2010, 15:32

    Thank you for responding...now I have some information that I can make good use of.

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    Visitor, September 23, 2010, 17:08

    Where can I find those Booger bushings to put in my cruiser cable

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    cmk13 June 02, 2010, 12:28
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    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)

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    Visitor, June 19, 2010, 06:18

    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,,,,,,,,,,

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    Visitor, June 19, 2010, 15:34

    Thank you for this information...this is helpful - greatly appreciated.

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    Visitor, January 03, 2011, 10:19

    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

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    Visitor, February 22, 2011, 08:49

    Replace gear shift cable

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    javandever April 05, 2011, 21:08
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    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.

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    Visitor, April 06, 2011, 15:54

    Thank you for the information...this confirms what I've been told. I appreciate the info on the web site - thank you very much.

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