Shift Selector Cable Replacement at your home or office.

Our mobile technicians offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Get an upfront price

Average rating from customers who
received a Shift Selector Cable Replacement.
Learn More

$0.00

Price range for all vehicles


YourMechanic Benefits

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Average rating from customers who
received a Shift Selector Cable Replacement.
Learn More



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.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR CAR

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Recent Shift Selector Cable Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Shift Selector Cable Replacement Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

131

Rating Summary
124
6
0
0
1
124
6
0
0
1
Michael

Michael

14 years of experience
466 reviews
Michael
14 years of experience
Fiat 500 - Shift Selector Cable - Smyrna, Georgia
So grateful that Michael was able to help me out again!! Such a great guy with so much knowledge that I know to always request him and I trust him. It’s hard to find someone willing and knowledgeable enough to work on a Fiat so I am so happy to have such a trustworthy and awesome mechanic.
Jeep Wrangler - Shift Selector Cable - Atlanta, Georgia
Michael, knew exactly what was wrong. He was very fast and he kept or exceeded all of his on-time promises. Michael also has a very practical communication style that made it easy to understand his diagnosis, next steps and YourMechanic performance promises.
John

John

24 years of experience
295 reviews
John
24 years of experience
GMC Yukon XL 1500 - Shift Selector Cable - League City, Texas
As always John does excellent work. He’s timely and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Chevrolet Tahoe - Shift Selector Cable - Manvel, Texas
John was prompt, thorough, very knowledgeable and very professional. He has exceptional customer service and I am confirming that he is as good as any review that I read about him before booking my appointment. This is my first time to use Your Mechanic and I will use them again because of my great experience with John. He also cleaned up my headlights and took a few scuffs off the fender which was a complete bonus to the great repair work he did.
David

David

8 years of experience
111 reviews
David
8 years of experience
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.
Mario

Mario

18 years of experience
47 reviews
Mario
18 years of experience
Chevrolet Corvette - Shift Selector Cable - Naples, Florida
Mario was great. Explained what needed to be done in simple terms. He was patient answering my questions and made sure that I understood the process. Work was efficient and well prerformed.I highly recommend Mario.

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1-800-701-6230 · hi@yourmechanic.com