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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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David

10 years of experience
193 reviews
David
10 years of experience
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.
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.

Ben

41 years of experience
1410 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Mr Ben is Punctual, polite, UBER INTELLIGENT MECHANIC!!! MY MECHANIC FOR LIFE!!!!!!殺殺殺殺 WONDERFULLY PROFESSIONAL!!!!!

Mazyar

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

Christopher

25 years of experience
80 reviews
Christopher
25 years of experience
He was awesome

Arturo

12 years of experience
78 reviews
Arturo
12 years of experience
Very knowledgeable about what needed to be fixed. Very friendly and on time. Would definitely recommend Arturo to my friends. Thank you for your wonderful service.

Glenn

43 years of experience
36 reviews
Glenn
43 years of experience
Grest guy that half a lot of knowlage and frendly.

Christopher

27 years of experience
347 reviews
Christopher
27 years of experience
He was personable and efficient. Would have him come back.

Mark

41 years of experience
77 reviews
Mark
41 years of experience
Mark was on time and did a great job in a timely fashion. I'll be recommending and requesting Mark from now on.

Ruben

17 years of experience
169 reviews
Ruben
17 years of experience
Very professional and knowledgeable... Great service.

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