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Shift Selector Cable Replacement Service

What is a shift selector cable and how does it work?

The shift selector cable connects the gear shifter, located on the steering column or on a floor mounted console, to the automatic transmission. The cable is typically steel and is protected from the elements by a plastic outer sheath. At each end of the shift cable, often rubber or nylon bushings allow for cable movement and vibration. In some applications, the cable is adjustable, in case the cable stretches while in use.

When to consider replacing the shift selector cable:

  • No response to gear shift movement. Should the cable break, or the cable ends detach, you will not be able to shift at all. Sometimes it is a matter of replacing the cable end bushing. Other times, the entire cable assembly must be replaced.
  • Shift Indicator doesn't match the gear. A stretched shifter cable may result in the car being in a different gear than the one you believe you have selected. If the cable is adjustable, this might be resolvable without buying a new cable.
  • Unable to remove key from ignition. If the cable has broken, or a cable end has detached, you may not be able to place the vehicle in park. In that event, the key will usually not be removable from the ignition.

How do mechanics replace the shift selector cable?

  • The cable ends are first examined to determine if the issue is a broken or lost bushing. Occasionally, the nylon bushing at the transmission end of the cable will crack. If that is the only issue, the mechanic will press in a new bushing, re-attach the cable and test the system.
  • Should the cable be broken, or stretched such that adjusting it will not work, the vehicle is raised and supported on steel jack stands.
  • The shift cable is detached at each end — at the transmission and at the base of the shifter.
  • The new cable is routed and the bushings are pressed on, or in the case of a mechanically-connected system, a nut and bolt are tightened to connect the cable to the shift lever on the transmission.
  • The car is lowered and the shift cable is tested for proper adjustment and operation.

Is it safe to drive with a shift selector cable problem?

No. Usually, it will be difficult to operate the vehicle if the shift cable has broken, stretched, or detached — so the car may not be drivable. In the case of a stretched cable, so long as you can select Park and Drive, it is safe to temporarily use the car until repairs can be made. If Park can NOT be selected it is unsafe to operate the car and the car should be left where it is with the emergency brake applied and the wheels blocked while you schedule a repair.

When replacing the shift selector cable keep in mind:

  • A mechanic will attempt to re-use your existing cable if only cable ends are needed or if the cable can be adjusted. However, if the steel strands of the cable show significant corrosion, or the cable is clearly sticking or binding in its plastic sheath, a cable replacement will be performed.
  • In an emergency, and to move a vehicle with an automatic transmission, a mechanic can directly access and move the manual lever on the transmission to put the vehicle in Drive so you can drive the car to your home while awaiting a repair.

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Mazyar

7 years of experience
171 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Toyota 4Runner - Shift Selector Cable - Lilburn, Georgia
Mazyar was pleasant and did a great job fixing my vehicle! Great attitude and great service! Thanks Mazyar!!!
Dodge Avenger - Shift Selector Cable - Tucker, Georgia
Very good! Mark was very efficient, knowledgeable, professional and patient. Also, he has excellent customer service skills and is very sincere, especially when he says “no problem , I’ll take care of it for you”! I highly recommend him and will request him when I schedule my next service. Sincerely, Shirley Hood

David

9 years of experience
193 reviews
David
9 years of experience
GMC Envoy - Shift Selector Cable - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I need a new break linkage cable, David and I had to reschedule because or rain. He took care of the rescheduling, came the next day not just on time but early. He was very professional and worked very fast. I would recommend him to anyone.
Saturn Vue - Shift Selector Cable - Darby, Pennsylvania
Great mechanic! Came and did the job as scheduled and even was done early. Knowledgeable of parts and issues with my car so i would be looking to book him again in future.

Larry

7 years of experience
37 reviews
Larry
7 years of experience
Dodge Avenger - Shift Selector Cable - San Antonio, Texas
He arrived early and he was done within less than an hour. He was fast. My car works perfectly fine now. He is a very experienced mechanic and I highly recommend him.
Buick Rainier - Shift Selector Cable - Cibolo, Texas
Larry was fast and was able to fix my car. He replaced the transmission selector cable. I am glad my car is working and I didn't have to tow it to a shop and wait for days to get it back.

Jose

42 years of experience
6 reviews
Jose
42 years of experience
Buick LaCrosse - Shift Selector Cable - Hamburg, Pennsylvania
The work done on my vehicle was of great quality. Jose went out of his way to handle the very problematic repair job, with a great "get the job done" attitude. High quality labor.

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