Should you be able to move gear shift from side to side in gear?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jehu, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Jehu

    Jehu Guest

    hello, I have a question for Civic drivers. With a manual trany, should
    you be able to move the shifter from side to side while in gear? Mine in
    gear is able to move 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch... is this normal or should I
    worry about something wrong with the transmission?

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    Jehu, Jan 29, 2004
  2. Jehu

    Polar Bear Guest

    Sounds normal to me on my '96.

    I had an '84 Mercury once which used to have nearly an inch of play in the
    shifter while in gear. Which gear you were in was more a matter of feeling
    than of specifics.
    Polar Bear, Jan 29, 2004
  3. Jehu

    Andrew Smit Guest

    having some slack is ok, as long as it is still in gear, remember the
    shifter is not going down into the trany like a typical domestic, it is
    linked forward so any slack would be in the linkage and so on.
    -Andrew Smit-
    Andrew Smit, Jan 31, 2004
  4. Jehu

    Jehu Guest

    Jehu, Jan 31, 2004
  5. Jehu

    Me Guest

    If you want to tighten it up, get a polyurethane bushing for your
    linkage (and perhaps a short shifter). The bushing runs about $10 on
    ebay and takes about 5-10 minutes total time to install. The short
    shifters are all about the same no matter how much you pay (I happen
    to have paid $80 for an OBX with bushings and shift knob), and take
    about 30 minutes to install with a friend. They take FOREVER if you
    don't have a friend to hold the odd shaped screw/bolt things in the
    passenger compartment.

    Me, Feb 4, 2004
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