With transmission locked in 4th gear and the clamp undone, move the shifter
to the 3rd gear position to disconnect the rod from the linkage. Undo the
bolt connecting the linkage to the transmission (13 mm).
Slide the linkage from the transmission rod towards the firewall. This will
effectively remove the other side of the linkage from the bushing on the
engine mount. The bushing is covered by a rubber boot that's attached to
the linkage. Pull the boot off upwards and remove it together with the
The linkage on the table. With 267K on the car, it has a lot of play in it.
Undo the locking pins with needle nose pliers and take the linkage apart.
Clean the dirt and examine the condition of the parts.
The plastic plugs appeared to be worn, so I added a thin nylon washer
in between the plastic and metal parts on each side, and assembled the
linkage with fresh grease.
Ready to go
Put the boot on and install the linkage back on the car. Tighten the bolt
on the transmission rod to 15.5 ft-lbs. Re-insert the shifter rod into the
the linkage at the firewall and complete