1996 Pontiac Grand Am Automatic Gear Shift

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TESESHA
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  • 1996 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 147,388 MILES
When I try to put my car in reverse or drive I have a hard time geting the gear shift into the gear I want it in. What is wrong?
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Monday, December 24th, 2007 AT 5:48 PM

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MERLIN2021
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Sounds like the shifter cable needs to be adjusted.
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Monday, December 24th, 2007 AT 5:53 PM
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  • 2002 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 150,000 MILES
How do I install the shifter?
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:30 AM (Merged)
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STEVE W.
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Remove the console, shifter sets on two front studs, install two rear bolts, install nuts on studs and connect shift cables. Reinstall console.

Or do you mean something else?
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:30 AM (Merged)
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PEACHELADY
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  • 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
I am looking to buy a !997 Pontiac Grand Am for my son. I took it for a test drive but found that it was difficult to shift into drive/reverse. Once I got it into drive, it drove well. Then I parked it and shut it off. I started it up again and tried to shift to reverse and was once again difficult to get the button pushed in. What can be wrong?
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:31 AM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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It can either be the shifter is bad, cable or shift interlock isn't releasing all the way
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:31 AM (Merged)
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PEACHELADY
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How much would it cost to solve this problem? If I buy it for $600, Is that a good price? Once I keep pressing the button on the front of the shifter it finally releases.
Thank you so much for your response and look forward to your next reply.
Peachelady
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:31 AM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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Costs vary all over so you really have to have this checked locally for that. It really sounds like the shifter is worn but I have no pics to show so a local pro will have to look at that. The price doesn't sound bad but it's a 18 yr old car so expect some problems. You can always have a mechanic look it over as well prior to buying it
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:31 AM (Merged)
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REJEAN55
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  • 2005 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 71,697 MILES
Transmission problem
2005 Pontiac Grand Am 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 71697 miles

My transmission shifter is block and I can't put it back on park. The key is in they ignition and I can't take it off.
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 AT 10:31 AM (Merged)
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MMPRINCE4000
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You will need to take console off and inspect linkage.
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