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Tayler Flores31

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I have a 79 dodge Winnebago 29 footer 440. I’ve lost some gears so I can it’ll go into park reverse neutral but that’s it when I try to put it into drive it’s hard as a rock and won’t budge. It’s never acted like this before then when I put it in reverse it doesn’t do nothing but sit there. My husband went underneath & hit the linkage to see if it was possibly stuck nope still nothing. PLEASE CAN ANYONE HELP ME THIS IS MY HOME AND I DONT WANNA LOSE MY HOME

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Posted: 02/15/20 03:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is this an original transmission? Have you checked the fluid level correctly?


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Check the fluid level first off. No fluid, no go.. If low, fill up and it might go.

If fluid on the stick and not low, sniff it.. If it smells "burnt".. No go.. Kinda like burnt toast..

40 year old trans... Might just be done with life if it has fluid and not burnt..

Good to check the linkage, but just "hitting it" might not do much... Have to have hubby lay there and you shift thru the gears and see what the linkage does.. Go from there on what the result is.

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Are you saying the shift lever does not physically go down into Drive? Or does the shift lever go into drive but the vehicle won't move?

If the shifter physically won't go into drive have your husband look at the whole shift assembly from the steering wheel down to the transmission. Try to see if something is hitting the linkage and stopping it from moving. He might also spot a linkage joint that is stuck and needs a good spray of penetrating oil to free it up.

The fact that you say it does not move in reverse sounds like the shift linkage possibly slipped and is out of adjustment. Again this can be caused by a stuck joint in the shift linkage causing the linkage to slip rather than move the lever on the transmission.

* This post was edited 02/15/20 04:29pm by opnspaces *


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Are you sure that the linkage is actually moving at all on the transmission?

What happens if you start it in park and carefully press the gas pedal while still in park? Does the motorhome move in park?

Then shift into reverse and press the pedal again. Does it move in reverse?

Then shift into neutral and press the pedal again. Does it move in neutral?

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Posted: 02/15/20 05:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the shift linkage is somehow jammed but can be released by jerking on it from underneath, check for broken motor and/or transmission mounts.

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Forty+ year old tranny...not surprised. When was the last transmission service completed, Tayler?

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Posted: 02/15/20 05:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you can physically remove the linkage from the transmission, you should be able to move the gearshift lever, if you can't then the problem is with the linkage. You can test the transmission by moving the part were the linkage was attached. Of course chock the wheels before crawling under.





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We once stopped at a rest area for lunch in our Class A gasser. When we went to leave, the shifter would not move. . . period. We tried several things that didn't work. We were about ready to call a tow truck when my DH thought to look at fuses. Had one blown fuse that was the culprit. Never would have guessed that, but that's what it was.
Replaced the fuse and we were good to go.

So check fuses.

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As Scottiemom has said a "fuse" was the problem. 1998 Intruder Class A on a F53 Ford chassis ... I know it doesn't make sense...changed a blown "cruise control" fuse and all was well never had the problem again. BTW the television interlock was on same fuse circuit.

* This post was edited 02/17/20 05:42am by Teacher's Pet *


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