Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: in a loony bin in N.J.
Re: Gear selector stuck in gear and wont shift.
first thing to do is chock the wheels, then remove cable from trans and put trans in park manually.
then remove cable from back of shift tube by removing the two torx bolts.
now the truck should start.
you should also be able to now put the shifter in park and remove the key.
once all this is done, with the wheels still chocked get under the truck and try shifting it manually. if it is hard to shift, than you are going to have to replace the NSS. being under the truck they get cruddy and seize up.
once the new NSS is installed, with both shifter and the trans in park go back upstairs and put shift cable on back of shift tube with the two torx bolts and tighten them. then go back under the truck and hook shift cable to trans lever.
this should get you back running.
i don't remember if the 97 has a brake actuated solenoid to block the shifter or not.so if the shifter does not move, you may have to step on the brake pedal.
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