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#1979982 - 02/14/10 05:43 PM transmission shifter cable
devils_advocate Offline
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Registered: 04/14/09
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Loc: plant city FL
2001 cvpi

I need a shifter cable and every dealer needs to order it..

With all the cv's on the road why would they not stock an item like this ??

can I get one from somewhere other than the dealer ,, or am I pretty much screwed into waiting on this one, while paying a premium price for it from ford.. almost 70$ !

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#1980338 - 02/15/10 12:01 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: devils_advocate]
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Shifter cables on a CV/GM are a rarity to fail, so it's not surprising that no dealers would have it in stock. They should be able to get it in a day or two, which sucks when the car is down \:\(
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#1980370 - 02/15/10 12:54 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: larryo340]
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Yeah, they stock what sells. So stuff that typically does not fail/need replaced is special order. You could order it online and save some $, but that would take longer to ship it to you.
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#1980452 - 02/15/10 05:32 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: Colt45]
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the expensive part to replacing the shifter cable is the labor. in the northest, you'll probably need to remove the driver's side catalytic converter so that you can use an air impact wrench on the stubborn shift lever nut.

removing a cat converter from a 10 year old northern car is not a good diy project. this is a job for a professional shop with a hydraulic lift, air tools, and an oxy-acetylene torch.
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#1980453 - 02/15/10 05:33 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: Colt45]
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I'm not sure about your MY, but I got a replacement from O'Riellys.
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#1980454 - 02/15/10 05:34 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: 2vmodular]
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are you sure that the shifter cable is the true culprit behind your problems?

(the steering column shift tube sometimes cracks causing a no-shift condition too.)
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#1980466 - 02/15/10 06:33 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: 2vmodular]
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There is also a little plastic clip that tholds the shift cable to the shift lever mechanism. Not much that can go wrong with the cable itself as long as you don't accidently cut it while playing with some bolt cutters.

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#1980545 - 02/15/10 09:39 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: 2vmodular]
devils_advocate Offline
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Loc: plant city FL
 Originally Posted By: 2vmodular
are you sure that the shifter cable is the true culprit behind your problems?

(the steering column shift tube sometimes cracks causing a no-shift condition too.)


yes, I took it off already. close to the transmission the steel cable is torn. It was difficult to shift the car compared to my wifes '02, but I never thought it was difficult enough to shear the cable.

I might have a used one for $20 today.

I'm assuming one cable strand might have broken , and got hung up in the tube putting additional stress on the rest of the cable over time. I have driven it for a year with a tough shifter.

Maybe it got squished by the previous owner jumping curbs ?? lol.

Thank you for the replies.

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#1980546 - 02/15/10 09:42 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: devils_advocate]
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Just make sure you don't break the plastic clips or anything on the column.

I lost one of the clips and it cost me $11 to replace. They are also very easy to break if your not careful.

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#1980547 - 02/15/10 09:43 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: Nomad8326]
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Registered: 04/14/09
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Loc: plant city FL
Those are still in good shape. If I get this used one I might have a couple sets of them as well.

I hate 11$ clips ! sorry to hear about yours.

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#1980662 - 02/15/10 11:44 AM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: devils_advocate]
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Registered: 11/27/07
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I had to do a shift cable on my 2000 earlier this year. In order to get around the stuck bolt/nut on the transmission shift lever (where the cable actually meets up with the trans), I just torched it off, flattened an identical bolt flat with the grinder. I put a cotter pin in the hole and was good to go. Though, I had access to a lift, and that made it much easier.

It's easy to route, but if that bolt is rusted on(almost guaranteed), be prepared to have the time of your life getting it off.

Of course, before I changed it, a good set of vice grips held the two ends of the broken cable together.

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#1982425 - 02/17/10 08:03 PM Re: transmission shifter cable [Re: ShireHorse]
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Registered: 04/14/09
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Loc: plant city FL
changed it easily.

Not a spec of rust was on the bolt, I got it off with a cresent wrench \:\) car shifts great now!

The cable was bent and crushed.. I'm guessing the car was curb hopping at one point and that physical damage was the culprit.


Edited by devils_advocate (02/17/10 08:20 PM)

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