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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.

Recent Shift Selector Cable Replacement reviews in Winnetka

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Keith

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

Chuck

10 years of experience
351 reviews
Chuck
10 years of experience
I would recommend chuck

Fadi

20 years of experience
85 reviews
Fadi
20 years of experience
Excellent

Danny

11 years of experience
269 reviews
Danny
11 years of experience
Danny is a good mechanic, very knowledgeable. The only thing I would suggest is that the length of time it takes to get repairs completed could be shorter.

Brandon

18 years of experience
275 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Quick and efficient. Fixed what needed fixing!

Chris

21 years of experience
29 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Showed up early and finished quickly and efficiently! Couldn't be happier with my service!

Charles

34 years of experience
342 reviews
Charles
34 years of experience
My appointment was cancelled due to inclement weather, which frustrated me more due to the fact that I had been without a car for a week. He was able to fit me in the next day at the same time. He was very nice, helpful, and answered all of my questions. I drive a 2008 Pontiac G6, which is a pain to fix since almost everything is located either underneath the car or deep inside. He still managed to have a great attitude about it, even in 40 degree weather.

Brandon

20 years of experience
773 reviews
Brandon
20 years of experience
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Damian

11 years of experience
465 reviews
Damian
11 years of experience
Did a fast and complete job. Was easy to talk to.

Christopher

20 years of experience
307 reviews
Christopher
20 years of experience
Very quick and friendly.

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