rattling automatic shift lever 240 automatic

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Tim McNamara, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Tim McNamara

    Tim McNamara Guest

    Today my 1990 240/auto shift lever started making funny noises. The
    first thing I noticed was that when depressing the release button and
    selecting a gear, the shifter rattles across the shift positions.
    Sounds like poker chips clanking. At 65 mph there starts to be a
    rattle, again sounding much like poker chips being shaken. If I pull
    back or push forward gently on any part of the shift lever, the rattling
    stops. There is also a loose feeling to the lever. The lever- thus
    far- continues to select gears correctly. The OD button on the shift
    knob works properly. It kicks down correctly when passing.

    Any idea what's wrong? Loose linkage? Something broken? Thanks!
    Tim McNamara, Jul 19, 2006
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    Mike F Guest

    There are plastic/rubber bushings in the linkage under the car. One has
    probably gone south.

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Jul 19, 2006
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    Perry Noid Guest

    there are some rubber pieces in the shift linkage that tend to wear and rot
    over time, evenually falling apart. This increases the "play" in the
    linkage, as well as allowing metal-to-metal contact, which is probably the
    source of the rattle you hear. I had to replace them on my '89 240 wagon
    about a year ago... cheap (around $5, although considering what I got, even
    that was overpriced!), and relatively easy to reach and install.

    m9876c at yahoo dot com
    Perry Noid, Jul 19, 2006
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    Tim McNamara, Jul 19, 2006
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