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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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Jamahl

20 years of experience
830 reviews
Jamahl
20 years of experience
Very knowledgeable in his diagnosis of my vehicle will book again, very reliable
Very thorough, timely and knowledgeable

Efrain

20 years of experience
82 reviews
Efrain
20 years of experience
Great Mechanic

Cody

8 years of experience
99 reviews
Cody
8 years of experience
Cody fixed the car in a timely manner! I would highly recommend him!

Nolan

30 years of experience
209 reviews
Nolan
30 years of experience
Very professional, prompt, kept us informed. Excellent

Joel

21 years of experience
987 reviews
Joel
21 years of experience
The repair went extremely smooth.

Travis

10 years of experience
164 reviews
Travis
10 years of experience
Great customer service

Harish

27 years of experience
588 reviews
Harish
27 years of experience
Arrived early after reaching out for permission. Very Friendly ,cleaned up after work completed. Good details on website about the vehicle. Would recommend and request for future repairs.

Ben

41 years of experience
1421 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Mr Ben is Punctual, polite, UBER INTELLIGENT MECHANIC!!! MY MECHANIC FOR LIFE!!!!!!殺殺殺殺 WONDERFULLY PROFESSIONAL!!!!!

Larry

8 years of experience
37 reviews
Larry
8 years of experience
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.

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