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59 dodge push button gear selector issue .
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dodge59
Posted 2020-04-14 11:50 AM (#596819)
Subject: 59 dodge push button gear selector issue .



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59 dodge cr  gear selector push buttons appear to be going  in too far and getting hung up on the outside finish plate. what causes this? It has the jute backing behind the  finish plate and separating the buttons. any ideas ?

Thanks !

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56D500boy
Posted 2020-04-14 1:13 PM (#596830 - in reply to #596819)
Subject: RE: 59 dodge push button gear selector issue .



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Any ideas? Why yes, I do.

I suspect that the two nuts that hold the shifter box into the dash housing are loose and the whole assembly is moving back when you push the buttons.

Remove the shifter face plate and pull the buttons straight out. That should allow you to see into the cavity and see the two nuts holding the shifter box to the dash. I think that they are likely 3/8" (I forget what mine are). Use a long extension with a 1/4" drive socket set and tighten them up.

Clean the buttons up (use an old tooth brush and soap and water to get the grunge out of the R, N, D, 2, and 1 grooves) and reinstall (firm push to engage the tangs). Reinstall the face plate. Test.



My 56 shifter showing the two nuts:





59 Shifter Plate (stolen from Ross Roy via Serge):





Edited by 56D500boy 2020-04-14 1:17 PM
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dodge59
Posted 2020-04-14 6:24 PM (#596840 - in reply to #596819)
Subject: RE: 59 dodge push button gear selector issue .



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Thanks Dave !

I'll open it up and see what is in there.

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Mikeb
Posted 2020-04-15 11:24 PM (#596906 - in reply to #596819)
Subject: Re: 59 dodge push button gear selector issue .


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If that does not help the buttons may have wear inside of the 'fork' where the plastic button makes contact with the metal of the shift assembly. I took the offending button (Drive) and filled the inside of the fork with JB Weld. When dry file it to the proper depth. Works great.
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dodge59
Posted 2020-04-16 9:24 AM (#596922 - in reply to #596819)
Subject: Re: 59 dodge push button gear selector issue .



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That's a good idea ! I'll check the buttons also. Thanks!
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DonFromTexas
Posted 2020-04-16 9:47 AM (#596924 - in reply to #596922)
Subject: Re: 59 dodge push button gear selector issue .



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I thought my shifter mechanism was shot when I got my car that had sat for 45 years even suspected the transmission and the cable. Turned out all it needed was some lube on mechanics, now it works like it did when brand new!
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