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#1 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 08:46 PM
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Reverse locked out

I have a 2008 with 48k. I put 10k trouble free miles on it and all of a sudden I can not put it in reverse. The shifter will just not go. No previous warning. No grinding. Everything was perfect and all of a sudden no moving the shifter to reverse. Reverse is totally locked out. I try to hit reverse and the shifter only moves maybe halve way the there. It is like locked out. What's up? I'm shocked. Never ever has this ever happened with any vehicle in my 40 years of owning manual trans cars.Absolutely no previous warning . No grinding., no way of just putting it in reverse.
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Re: Reverse locked out

Sorry I did not mention it is a manual from the start of my post.

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Re: Reverse locked out

May be a linkage bind. Have someone try to put it thru the gears while you're under the truck and see if you can see any linkage binding up. It may be a simple fix!

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Re: Reverse locked out

So this trans linkage is external?

Is the linkage binding up a common problem?

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Re: Reverse locked out

No external linkage.

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Re: Reverse locked out

Maybe something (penny, lighter, pen) is in the left side of the shifter boot not allowing full travel. I have had stuff like that happen before.

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Maybe something (penny, lighter, pen) is in the left side of the shifter boot not allowing full travel. I have had stuff like that happen before.
Well, I'm going to give that a quick look right now.
I looked at the PDF manual and it looks like the linkage is internal so if nothing is blocking it by the boot I guess I'll have to take it in for service.
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Nothing blocking anything by the boot. I guess it's going to have to go to the shop. Arrggg!
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Re: Reverse locked out

Is there a Neutral Safety Switch on these? In other manual vehicles it usually only affects the reverse lights, but I did not know if there is more of a safety mechanism that may be part of the FJs...

EDIT: nevermind... that sounds like it has more to do with simply starting...not shifting..

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Re: Reverse locked out

You can pull the center console cover off with your hands, no tools, at least on mine. It's not bolted down. Just unscrew the shift knobs (lefty loosy). Unsnap the little emergency brake cover that is in front of the emergency brake (front part first). Then pull up on the upper center console cover. Then you should be able to see if anything is binding weird.

Mine is an 07 auto, but I can't imagine the process being too different.

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