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If you drive a car with a manual transmission, your gear shift selector needs to connect with the transmission in order to translate the motions of your hand into changes in the gear selected. The shift rod connects to the transmission and operates the gear selector. Where the two connect, bushings are used.
These provide a smoother, tighter shifting experience. However, over time and through normal use, those bushings eventually wear out. This leaves you with a sloppy shifting experience, and it can actually become harder and harder to locate the gear you want as the bushings continue to wear and eventually fail.
Shift rod bushings can be lubricated when any transmission or clutch work is performed. If you suspect problems with your shift rod bushings, have them inspected by one of our expert mechanics. It is recommended to have the bushings replaced when the play in the stick becomes excessive.
Because your shift rod bushings make the process of shifting faster and easier, they’re important components. While you’ll still be able to drive, the bushings will eventually fail completely. We recommend having them replaced immediately if you’ve noticed increasing amounts of play in your gear shifting.