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73 280 se won't go into overdrive

any suggestions???
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You mean kickdown gear right? If so check the kickdown switch behind the gas pedal.
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This car has NO overdrive. It is direct 1 to 1 in high gear. if you in fact mean kickdown or passing gear, look at the bushings on the kick down linkage. My 72 280SEL bushing was missing where it attached to the trans, hence wasted motion, no kick down. I found a generic bushing and installed it to restore part throttle kickdown.
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