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Oldsmobile Silhouette Gear shifter goes from park to drive with no effect. Won't engage the transmission.

Oldsmobile Silhouette Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 2000

Average Mileage: 192,571 mi (140,286 mi - 288,000 mi)

  •  Rookie

    Called a tow truck to tow me home because I was stranded at a bank. Engine would start but transmission would not engage into any gear and the shifter lever could be moved from park to low drive with no effect.
    Solution : Remove the air filter assy and you will see the linkage loose on top of transmission.
    Reach way in there and push linkage back on to transmission arm . YOU WILL HAVE TO PLACE SHIFTER INSIDE TO THE RIGHT POSITION TO GET IT TO LINE UP. Push it back on and you can drive now !
    Happened two times to me in 6 months so far. I assume the linkage end is worn out causing it to pop off transmission.
    I baby it now and no problems. Happens only when shifting from reverse to drive too fast.

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  • Visitor, , 288,000 mi

    AS mentioned. Removed the air intake and found the linkage and snapped it in place. I will look for a new one soon.

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