i have all gears except park don't know what to do

Scotty McAllister

Asked by Jun 26, 2013 at 04:11 PM about the 1997 GMC Sierra 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my truck will not go in park. i pulled up a steep hill and tried putting in park went all the
way back but was in reverse. Somebody please tell me it's not my transmission

4 Answers


There's a good chance it's not your tranny- it might be the linkage between your shifter and the transmission- the shifter gets used a lot and if you have a lot of miles on the truck and do a lot of stopping on errands chances are your linkage just got tired of going all the way past reverse into park- I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya

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Steve D'Amico

the shifter linkage that bolts on the trans needs to be adjusted. it takes a 10mm wrench and 2 people (1 to adjust the linkege and THE OTHER to shift it back and forth and hold the brake ) and apply the parking brake also!!! It sounds hard but its a 15min. job

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Scotty did you figure it out? Same thing happend to me. The answers you got only relate to 1994 or earlier. I have a 1995 , no linkage, cable operated from 95 to current year. As is yours being a 1997. So what did you do?

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My 91 linkage was bent & it didn't go into gears properly especially park which made starting it impossible at times but it was not the starter...I concur with the above its probably your linkage luckily & not your tranny...newer models with cables may need cable replaced if they stretched too much.

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