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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 thorough, timely and knowledgeable

Robert

23 years of experience
253 reviews
Robert
23 years of experience
Punctual, quick and efficient service. Very polite .

Justin

20 years of experience
70 reviews
Justin
20 years of experience
Justin was pretty much on time. He already had the part that was needed to fix my van. He did a great job, as always! Thank you buddy!

Richard

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

Travis

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

Patrick

33 years of experience
1419 reviews
Patrick
33 years of experience
Patrick was able to quickly diagnose the issue with my car.

Michael

16 years of experience
606 reviews
Michael
16 years of experience
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.

Jerome

24 years of experience
415 reviews
Jerome
24 years of experience
Great he knows the job

Jeffrey

27 years of experience
870 reviews
Jeffrey
27 years of experience
Excellent. Knowledgeable. Friendly.

Rigoberto

11 years of experience
739 reviews
Rigoberto
11 years of experience
Best service I've ever had, and I've been driving for 65 years. Rigoberto arrived better than promptly, clearly explained the problem - with photos no less. He then cheerfully overcame an troublesome environmental issue at my parking garage, zipped thru the repair, explained the service provided, with more pictures, oversaw a test drive to provide assurance, and had me on my way. The parts and labor together were a quarter of some blind quotes I had gotten. Altogether Outstanding!!

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