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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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Bryant
12 years of experience
He was timely and professional!

Pedro

31 years of experience
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Pedro
31 years of experience
he were very experice

William

34 years of experience
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William
34 years of experience
William was polite, professional, courteous and knowledgeable. Great mechanic.

Ben

41 years of experience
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Ben
41 years of experience
It felt like a mechanic from the dealership serviced my car. Awesome job!

Edgar

14 years of experience
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Edgar
14 years of experience
Edgar is very patient and knowledgeable.He is definitely my go to machanic.Thanks very much Edgar and the your machanic team.

Herman

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Herman
13 years of experience
Herman is the man! He is relaxed, has clear communication and was very patient and helpful. I highly recommend him!

Chris

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Chris
11 years of experience
Chris was a real pro and exceeded my expectations. He was very knowledgeable about repairing my car and conducted himself in a professional manner. This is the first time for me using a mobile mechanic service but I will definitely be a returning customer. Great experience and the price was much less than a traditional repair shop.

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Tabitha
17 years of experience
Very friendly and professional. Tabitha did the work including a multi-point inspection. While she found some other things that need to be done there was no pressure... just an assessment and an estimate. Great Job.

Richard

20 years of experience
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Richard
20 years of experience
Very knowledgeable mechanic.

Noe

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Noe
36 years of experience
The part my car needed was factory replacement so I had to wait for my appointment but Noe found the part and I got it fixed a day sooner, I appreciated him keeping me posted with the timeframe so I could arrange my schedule and he fixed it quickly and efficiently. Thank you Noe (:

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