1998 Kia Sephia Changing the "Manual Shaft" on th

Tiny
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  • 1998 KIA SEPHIA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 230,000 MILES
Hello,
I have a 98 Kia Sephia with an automatic and over 230,000 miles on it. Over the last year, we have noticed that the gear shift was getting "stiff, " and at times it would not go into gear until you applied pressure to the shifter. Over the summer, it was left at a family members house for 2 months, and has now seized and I could not move the gear shifter. I did manage to get it to move a little, but overall, it is still frozen in Park. I have isolated this "Manual Shaft" that seems to be very rusty and not moving. The linkage is moving, and only stopped by this manual shaft. I know I can buy an assembly from the dealer, and in the book it says to change the shaft while in Neutral. It seems to be a pretty easy fix, if I could just get it shifted into neutral.
Now this is my problem. I can not get the car out of Park. So.
Question # 1 If I can not get it into Neutral, can I still change this manual shaft out?

Question # 2 Is it possible that I could pull the old shaft out IN PARK, put the new one down in the transmission and shift down by 2 gears. Then pull the new shaft out again and reallign it once I have the transmission into the Neutral position, then go on with the repair by the book from there?

Thank you so much for your time on this. I hope that made sense. If you need clarification, please ask.
I hope we can get this little car moving again! We really need it right now!
Thanks again!

KnoxvegasNurse
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 AT 3:28 PM

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Tiny
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This may sound like a stupid question, but are the brake lights working? There is a park lock solenoid that is operated by the brake light switch. If the brake switch doesn't work, you can't get it out of park.

As far as doing the work in park, I don't see why it would be a problem.
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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 AT 7:15 AM
Tiny
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Well. They were working fine when we parked it, but the shifter had been getting stiffer and stiffer previously. So when it froze up, I was not surprised. As far as I know, the brake light switch is fine, and the lights are working. But we did have a taillight assembly get loose, and some water got in, but as far as I know, they still work fine.
Thank you for your response!
I was beginning to lose hope!
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 10:44 PM
Tiny
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Have you checked the linkage?
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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 AT 1:48 PM

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