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Shift handle moves freely with out shifting trans

1999 chevy Venture shift handle moves freely with out shifting trans car will not start because it is still in gear 3rd and handle is totaly free. We stopped in a parking lot put car in park started to get out and car started to roll backwards. tryed to push car and move shifter same thing its like the linkage is disconnected. what is broke and how do I fix it Help, Thanks

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The shifter works off a shift cable which is connected to the transmission. The connection of this cable to the transmission is on the drivers side looking straight up were you can see it. The other end connects to the inner part of the shifting mechanisum where you shift
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Here is a link to the parts that is used in the shifter linkage. Check the linkage at the transmission, make sure that the Cable is still connected at the Transmission shift leaver and or that the cable it self is not broken.
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  • youngdsrjj3 Oct 03, 2010

    my 2004 chevy venture just had thsi problem happen today where you move the shifting lever and it feels really really loose and the transmission isn't shifting. I found the problem when i open the hood and seen the cable that goes to the top of the transmission. the cable was totally disconnected from the transmission. it looks like the transmission has a ball where the cable is supposed to connect and the end of the cable has a socket the shape of the ball. not sure of the fix yet but i reached in and put the socket back on the ball and its a temporary fix. i am thinking either there is a clip that makes the ball and socket stay connected or the ball and socket assembly is damaged and needs to be totally replaced

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    harvys link is bad.

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    Harvey N Tawatao Mar 17, 2013

    There is no clip, the ball and sock come apart from wear and tear after a few years. In most case all you have to do is just to reconnect it, but put some grease on the ball to keep it lubricated and you should be good to go. If it keeps falling off, then its time to replace the cable cause the nylon cup is worn out. Glad you got your Venture running again and thank you for using FixYa. Molson02536

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This has a cable from steering colum to transmission, From your description of how it occured, Im betting the bolt came loose on one end or the other. Get a flaslight and look under dash towards bottom of steering column, Have someone wiggle the shifer while you watch, If its intact there? Raise hood and the linkage is on top of trans right side, Do the same, Have someone shift it while you watch. This will tell you for sure whats wrong

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Most likely the shift cable on the transmission.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010

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