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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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Genaro

13 years of experience
287 reviews
Genaro
13 years of experience
Really good guy reccomend working with him.
This is my first time using this service. Genaro was on time, very pleasant and knowledgeable. Will recommend to all my friends.

Jeffrey

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

Misty

10 years of experience
7 reviews
Misty
10 years of experience
Knowledgeable, prompt, and courteous

John

27 years of experience
1019 reviews
John
27 years of experience
John was prompt, thorough, very knowledgeable and very professional. He has exceptional customer service and I am confirming that he is as good as any review that I read about him before booking my appointment. This is my first time to use Your Mechanic and I will use them again because of my great experience with John. He also cleaned up my headlights and took a few scuffs off the fender which was a complete bonus to the great repair work he did.

Christopher

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

Glenn

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

Joel

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

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.

Jose

12 years of experience
55 reviews
Jose
12 years of experience
On time honest and very polite

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