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> '96 S40 Gear Stick Got Disconnected?
post Nov 11 2020, 04:50 PM
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Drives: 1996 Volvo S40 1.8

Hello, first time posting here.

Car is a 1996 S40 1.8. I was driving my car back home today, had to grab second to pass a stopping car. Went for where second should've been but car went neutral. Tried to go back to neutral but neutral ended up sort of moving to where 4th gear would be. Managed to grab 2nd but it was pretty much at the end of where the stick would physically not be able to move. Anyway, went back to my garage, but not before checking if the car would go in all the other gears. It did but they were all sort of positioned lower, so like third would be where usually neutral would be etc. No grinding noises or anything, but moving the stick felt as if rubber is making more resistance.

Grabbed reverse to park in my garage, put it there and when I went to put it in neutral again the whole stick completely disconnected and is now hanging only by the leather cover. Car is stuck in reverse.

I'm not very car savvy so was hoping just to find out if this is something fairly simple and cheap to fix. I did have the clutch replaced about 4 years ago and the first time I drove the car the gears were like slightly off-center to the left and had some issues with getting reverse but the shop fixed that. The only difference after that was that when pushing the stick to the right when going for 5th felt sort of rubbery for lack of a better term.
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