Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
If you are holding down the shifter button, you can feel each detent inside the transmission, without feeling the shifter contacting any of the notches in the shift plate below. Ordinarily, without bonking the shifter or pushing on it, it will not slip between gears even if you have the early style shifter plate that is 'flat' between little dot and big dot.
The shifter detent plate just adds a bit of safety. You can push forward from D (or little dot) and get into Neutral, but you can't accidentally get into Reverse. You have to press the button to get to Reverse, and again to get it to Park. The same holds true as you are trying to shift to lower gears. The early style notches allow you to shift between D and 2 (or little dot-big dot) without ever pressing the shift button, but the '67+ style has a detent between each lower gear, so you couldn't accidentally grab 2nd (or 1st). You can, however, slip from 1st to 2nd to D, to N, without pressing the button down. You'll still feel the transmission as its little internal 'rooster comb' clicks through the gears, whether you are holding the button down or not.
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Last edited by Grimbrand; 06-11-2019 at 03:10 AM.