Column shift linkage gone?!?!

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Asked by Feb 02, 2017 at 11:14 PM about the 1999 Buick Century Custom Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 99 buick century sat for 2wks because it
wouldn't start...crack...click...long story short it
wasn't in park. The shift linkage in the steering
wheel housing is broken. I have searched for
videos or pictures to help me replace whats wrong
but no luck. Anyone had this issue or know of a
step byb step that can help me. I currently have to
reach into my dash an push/pull the gear selection
rod an its not the most fun when in a rush.

3 Answers

81,465

The easiest and probably cheapest way to fix it is to get a steering column from the junkyard. If you decide to do that, transfer the complete ignition switch assembly and ignition lock cylinder to the replacement steering column so you won't have any security system issues. Also, be careful working with the airbag module. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable and wait 5 minutes for the airbag system reserve power to discharge before beginning disassembly of the steering column. The system has a power reserve in case the battery is disabled in a collision the airbags will still deploy. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks for the input...the pic is what i did in 5mins to bypass the column shifter that wasnt engaged anymore. Know of a link to a video of somone replacing a steering column because i never seen it done nor do i knowledge of how everything goes together. Thanks for the input ATM an js08016

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81,465

You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim

1 people found this helpful.

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