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How do I fix my 2003 cavalier gear shifter? I was parking my car put in in reverse and the gear shifter would not lock position, i turned it off and now it won't start back up.

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Put in neutral and try starting ---check linkage debris blocking shifter

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sounds like a shift linkage problem check linkage to transmission

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