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    Default Truck will not shift out of park.

    My truck column shift arm moves freely but stays in park. Is it the shift cable? ? Can a non-mechanic make this repair or should I get it towed?
    1997 Silverado 1500 6.5. with 200,000 miles. New fuel injection pump at 132,000 mi. FSD Heat-Sync in bumper hole, marine fuel injectors, air induction kit all from Walt at 148,000 mi. Replaced OEM Fuel Filter Assy, wastegate solenoid valve, OPS and relay at 155,000 mi. Harmonic Balancer replaced. Red dot and White dot EGR replaced. New starter, Instant Heat glow plugs, and glow plug relay/controller at 180,000. Replaced hydroboost and master cylinder in 2016. New Interstate batteries 4/13/19.

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    No cable, its all linkage to trans. You may be able to disconnect linkage to see if it is in fact in the trans or steering column.
    Mike
    1994 K2500 Suburban 320,000 mi., F VIN, 4L80E, 3.73 w/posi., 3" turbo back, no cat, FSD Heat Sync, #9 resistor, SSD heads, SSD intake, fuel miser injectors, Bastard IP (5068), 4x4 posi (manual front axle lock), Cooling upgrade w/duel 180 t-stats and d-max fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAdiesel View Post
    No cable, its all linkage to trans. You may be able to disconnect linkage to see if it is in fact in the trans or steering column.
    I thought that there was a cable in the models after 1995.
    1997 Silverado 1500 6.5. with 200,000 miles. New fuel injection pump at 132,000 mi. FSD Heat-Sync in bumper hole, marine fuel injectors, air induction kit all from Walt at 148,000 mi. Replaced OEM Fuel Filter Assy, wastegate solenoid valve, OPS and relay at 155,000 mi. Harmonic Balancer replaced. Red dot and White dot EGR replaced. New starter, Instant Heat glow plugs, and glow plug relay/controller at 180,000. Replaced hydroboost and master cylinder in 2016. New Interstate batteries 4/13/19.

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    My 1995 has a cable, but not the 1994. You can feel the cable through the carpet, it runs under the driver's feet and makes a loop under the drivers seat then goes forward and through the side of the tunnel. Likely an easy replacement. Could just be disconnected at one end.
    Grant H.
    1995 6.5 turbo GMC K2500 extra cab 4x4 pickup, PMD under bumper, mechanical wastegate, 228,000 miles, rebuilt engine, 4.10 diff, 16 mpg
    1994 6.5 turbo GMC K2500 4x4 suburban #9 resistor, PMD in the bumper, mechanical waste gate, 226,000 miles, new engine, 0 miles. 3.73 diff, 16 mpg
    1982 4x4 shortbed 6.2 Chev 260,000 miles untouched motor 17 MPG 4.27 diff. Best thing I ever owned, since 1992.

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    Great, thanks!
    1997 Silverado 1500 6.5. with 200,000 miles. New fuel injection pump at 132,000 mi. FSD Heat-Sync in bumper hole, marine fuel injectors, air induction kit all from Walt at 148,000 mi. Replaced OEM Fuel Filter Assy, wastegate solenoid valve, OPS and relay at 155,000 mi. Harmonic Balancer replaced. Red dot and White dot EGR replaced. New starter, Instant Heat glow plugs, and glow plug relay/controller at 180,000. Replaced hydroboost and master cylinder in 2016. New Interstate batteries 4/13/19.

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    One more thing, I bought a new house, one that my wife both wanted and deserves. It is a little bit "upper-class with a snooty home-owners association" (heavy sigh) and she wants me to get rid of my old 6.5 truck that always starts but usually after after short cranking and smoking that the upper-crust (lawyer) neighbors stare and cluck at. I'm going to keep the wife happy, is anybody looking for/interested in an older 6.5 truck in Virginia? I have $800+ Michelin tires on it with less than 1,000 miles, a good pmd currently running and, in a box, a new new Pensacola Diesel pmd with new 6 foot replacement harness to the bumper hole.
    1997 Silverado 1500 6.5. with 200,000 miles. New fuel injection pump at 132,000 mi. FSD Heat-Sync in bumper hole, marine fuel injectors, air induction kit all from Walt at 148,000 mi. Replaced OEM Fuel Filter Assy, wastegate solenoid valve, OPS and relay at 155,000 mi. Harmonic Balancer replaced. Red dot and White dot EGR replaced. New starter, Instant Heat glow plugs, and glow plug relay/controller at 180,000. Replaced hydroboost and master cylinder in 2016. New Interstate batteries 4/13/19.

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    You should have researched HOAs, many sad or horror stories. I hope it is worth the suffering to please your wife.
    Grant H.
    1995 6.5 turbo GMC K2500 extra cab 4x4 pickup, PMD under bumper, mechanical wastegate, 228,000 miles, rebuilt engine, 4.10 diff, 16 mpg
    1994 6.5 turbo GMC K2500 4x4 suburban #9 resistor, PMD in the bumper, mechanical waste gate, 226,000 miles, new engine, 0 miles. 3.73 diff, 16 mpg
    1982 4x4 shortbed 6.2 Chev 260,000 miles untouched motor 17 MPG 4.27 diff. Best thing I ever owned, since 1992.

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