Coffee Brake: YouTube Mechanic

You’re heading someplace in a hurry.  You pop your car into reverse
for the first step of your usual 3-point trooper-turn to get your
car out of your driveway.  After stopping, you put it into drive and
pull up as far as you can, almost clearing that bush where you stop for
point two.  You go to put the car into reverse for the third point,
but she’s a no go!  Will not go past neutral.  Well, now you’re
blocking your driveway, so you gotta ‘convince’ that bush to give
just a little so you can get out to the street.  Coffee Brake feature written by Hunsbloger.

Pulling over, you realize that you can go forward until you run out
of gas, but you just can’t go into reverse, or more importantly remove
your key.  What to do?  Its Sunday afternoon, its 90+ degrees, your
driveway is blacktop and you’re not looking forward to what its
going to cost to rip the freaking transmission out to dislodge
whatever piece of used Cheerio, hairpin, cell phone chord, or broken
shift linkage is preventing you from going about your day.

You quickly realize, that you’ve just lucked out in a big way because this is the car your wife and
daughter were about to drive 100 miles to a concert.  Had
this happened to them in that parking lot, near midnight, you would have gotten that call (that we all dread).

If you’re like us, you jump onto whatever internet linked device you
have and you punch up Google.  In this instance, I got really
lucky.  A guy in Dallas Texas had the same problem with car a couple
of years ago and thoughtfully recorded the whole experience on a 37
min cell phone video which he posted on YouTube.  I watched all 37 minutes of it.

I would suggest that anyone following the attached link should start
watching at the 5:18.  The real diagnosis and solution is found at
19:30 The problem is: a broken piece of plastic inside the shift
release knob prevents a rod from moving out of the way when shifting into reverse or park.  This is repaired by removing and replacing the entire
shift lever.  The shift lever just sits inside the transmission’s
shift lever.

Five minutes later, I had the car parked back in my driveway, with the
keys out.  I’d located the broken part online.  The car was drive-able in an emergency.  My wife picked up the part the next day
on her way home from work.  A quick 10 minute fix after dinner and the car was
up and running again.  Comments from other viewers of this video informs that this would have been a $400+ repair at the dealership.  I would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge Thank You to “TheTexasCoder” for his video as it saved my bacon.

Bottom line… what’s your best save that you’ve gotten from
Univeristy of Google, or Youniversity of Youtube?