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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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William

33 years of experience
69 reviews
William
33 years of experience
When I called YourMechanic, I told the person who answered the phone what the problem was - the linkage -, since it was part of the cable, a new one was ordered. I was given an estimate of over $500 because of the amount of time it would take to get to it. William first started by taking off the parts that were blocking the cable and saw that it had become unattached. This prevented and saved him a lot of time from taking the inside panels apart. Because of this, he said it would cut the labor in half, which saved me over $300 in labor that I really appreciated. That is honesty and integrity that you do not find from many mechanics, at least the ones I had dealt with in the past. I would definitely recommend William again. It was frustrating trying to set up a time in the very beginning because of my schedule, but it was all worth the wait.

Joel

21 years of experience
987 reviews
Joel
21 years of experience
always does an A+ job

Jose

16 years of experience
324 reviews
Jose
16 years of experience
Jose was efficient and arrived right on time. He completed his job cleaned up and explained everything he did as he fixed the problem. He came by and made sure the problem was what it is so any costs would be avoided in buying parts that were not necessary. I highly recommend him and his services as well as the website mymechanic.com.

Larry

8 years of experience
37 reviews
Larry
8 years of experience
Very knowledgeable and works fast.

Ben

41 years of experience
1416 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
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Richard

11 years of experience
450 reviews
Richard
11 years of experience
Polite, did the job quickly and answered any questions I had. He even took some of the trash away himself, which he absolutely did not have to do, but it's appreciated all the same. Thank you so much!

Mazyar

8 years of experience
468 reviews
Mazyar
8 years of experience
Mazyar was pleasant and did a great job fixing my vehicle! Great attitude and great service! Thanks Mazyar!!!

Jordan

8 years of experience
87 reviews
Jordan
8 years of experience
Thanks for replacing the cable correctly and for a reasonable price.

Keith

26 years of experience
231 reviews
Keith
26 years of experience
He was quick, professional , and did the job correctly ! I am very happy whit his service and strongly recommend.

Patrick

33 years of experience
1412 reviews
Patrick
33 years of experience
Patrick was able to quickly diagnose the issue with my car.

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