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Old 01-08-2007, 02:26 PM   #1
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Spilled Soda on Gears

Guys, I posted this on another car forum, but their members were idiots, so I'm hoping you guys can help me out..

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I have a 95 Altima, and I went to Wendy's today and ordered a regular sized meal, but they charged me for large and gave me a large meal. So, I decided to just take it b/c I was too lazy to go back and argue with them. I put the HUGE cup on my cupholder (it doesnt fit, barely) and I drive forward, and the soda tips BACK and all this Dr Pepper spills onto my gear box (? is that the right term? its the thing i shift back and forth to go from park to drive, reverse, etc.). Is this bad? Did any soda spill inside and will it screw the shifting mechanism?

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The following happened yesterday:
I started my car today and the gear shifting thing, it was so HARD to move! But like after the car started running, it was fine. My mom spilled soda on the gear a long time ago, and she said the same thing happened to her. When the car runs for some time, the sugar melts and the gears move again. When the car is idle or when you're first starting it, the sugar has been crystallized and the gears are hard to move.

Is there any way I can clean this by myself?

Here's a diagram of my interior:

Ok, heres my interior:

(without hte little GPS thing)

If you look at the gear shift thing, theres a little black covering at the bottom...



(i enlarged the figure)

Where the bluish thing is pointing, that little black strip, that whole gear strip got flooded with soda.


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Old 01-08-2007, 05:55 PM   #2
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You're gearbox is under your hood, not under the shifter. The sugar is just making the lever itself sticky. Keep using it and it will break free and work fine again.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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Wow I can't believe it's someone posting who isn't like some troll.


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Old 01-08-2007, 11:25 PM   #4
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You're gearbox is under your hood, not under the shifter. The sugar is just making the lever itself sticky. Keep using it and it will break free and work fine again.

Yes, yes, I meant the shifter, my bad. Are you sure if I just leave it, it will be fine in a while? Is there some way I should clean it or should I just let it go?
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:23 AM   #5
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Guys, I posted this on another car forum, but their members were idiots, so I'm hoping you guys can help me out..
You mean to say that other Forums have idiots, too?
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:47 AM   #6
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Yes, but I dont see how that is relevant. Can someone else provide me with some good course of action?
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:21 AM   #7
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Yes, but I dont see how that is relevant. Can someone else provide me with some good course of action?
It's called having a sense of humour.....As for your problem, you've been helped already. What do you want? us to tell you of a super-dupa cleaning agent that'll rid of your problem? Just heed the advice you've already been given, that should be enough!
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:23 AM   #8
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So you can basically guaranttee mee that if I Just leave it alone, it will fix itself?
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:32 AM   #9
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So you can basically guaranttee mee that if I Just leave it alone, it will fix itself?
I can't see the car, but given the info that you suplied, yes, it should be ok!
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:04 AM   #10
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So you can basically guaranttee mee that if I Just leave it alone, it will fix itself?

i hate people like you,no it wont be ok itll work its way into "R" while your driving and veer off and kill a family in a minivan, you better go get that fixed so you dont cause any accidents
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:13 AM   #11
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Your car shouldn't break, but I hate sticky-icky in my interior. I would remove the cover that the soda spilled on and clean it from the inside.

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:51 AM   #12
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If you are really worried, you could remove the plastic, and spray some brake clean on the linkage. If you can't see the linkage, you may need to get under the car.

I don't know what it would take to remove the plastic cover. Most likely it pops off, but it may have screws...
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:17 AM   #13
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NOW KIDS.....what has this taught us all....DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!!!!
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:45 AM   #14
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its ok

I am sure nothing bad will happen it will prob. just be a little sticky for a while
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Old 01-28-2007, 04:52 AM   #15
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yea your screwed, spilled soda on the gearshifter usually f's up the transmission. get ready for a rebuild
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