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2005 Mustang Automatic Shifter

The gear indicator light came unattached. You can no longer tell what gear your in. Is this a do-it-yourself type repair.

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  • auto84 Nov 18, 2008

    I have the same problem--the band that connects to the stalk has come loose and is making shifting into gear difficult.

  • mrbigstuff71 Nov 27, 2008

    I also have this same problem with my shifter. The indicator stays in park no matter what gear your in.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009

    I too have the same problem, except the panel that holds the red indicator when you shift has broken away from the panel that covers the inside of the shifter. I have to physically move it up and down to cover the mechanics so stuff doesn't get stuck down in there. Where can I find a replacement part? I feel sure I can fix this myself.

  • stephenjm Jan 31, 2009

    me to its a cheap piece of plastic not worth fixing it will just happen again

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The solution is that you must purchase the complete shift housing because it is all one piece and you can't just replace part of it.The dealer told me this is about $250.00 U.S. and it can be replaced by an intermediate skilled tinkerer. For right now I just live with the inconvenience as I can pretty much guess what gear Im in.

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While this is an old post, this work-around is worth mentioning as it works well without a very costly replacement.

My son's 2005 Mustang had the same problem. The cheap plastic shifter cover also acts as the gear shift indicator. To fix it properly, you will need to replace the entire shifter assembly (min $300 for the part). As my son's car failed the state safety inspection here in VA because of this, I found a work-around.

I drilled a small hole in the plastic cover in front of the shifter (~1/4 inch in from the center edge) and attached a black wire with a loop on the end. I then attached that looped wire to the plastic piece with a small black screw (self threading). I did the same to the plastic piece in BACK of the shifter lever. I attached the black wire from the front screw going around the shifter to the back screw. I also wrapped the wire around the shifter a couple of times before making the loop on the back side. This basically attaches the front plastic piece to the back portion. The wire I used was fabricated from black fishing leaders. One end already had a loop while for the other end, I had to make a loop by using small metal tube (small metal sleeve) that I used to crimp the wire to make the back loop. Now the plastic piece in front and back move with the shifter. While not factory, it does not look bad.

I took the car in for re-inspection for the gear shift indicator and it passed with this setup.

Hope this helps.

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This problem is a doozie, poor design from Ford. My 2005 v6 has this same issue and I managed to access this flimsy plastic piece after taking apart the interior. It had cracked on both sides of the shifter, revealing the inner workings of the mechanism. I glued the two pieces back together and let that set for 30 minutes before reinstalling. This held for about six months and broke again in a new place! Now Im considering buying an OEM shifter off eBay for a 2010 mustang to see about swapping that out. I saw an ad once for a 2005 where this had been done, so it's possible.

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    yahemailjosh Feb 08, 2013

    This problem is a doozie, poor design from Ford. My 2005 v6 has this same issue and I managed to access this flimsy plastic piece after taking apart the interior. It had cracked on both sides of the shifter, revealing the inner workings of the mechanism. I glued the two pieces back together and let that set for 30 minutes before reinstalling. This held for about six months and broke again in a new place! Now Im considering buying an OEM shifter off eBay for a 2010 mustang to see about swapping that out. I saw an ad once for a 2005 where this had been done, so it's possible.

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If you take it apart yourself, you may be able to epoxy it back together for less than 10 dollars. Park the car on a level surface and put chocks behind the tires to keep the car from moving. You'll moving the gear selector and parking brake later. Move the gear selector to one (you'll need the ignition to on without the engine running.) Remove the phillips or allen screw on the front side of the shift knob. Lift the knob off. The overdrive signal wire will slide out of the connector. Open the console and remove two phillips screws next to the hinge. Gently lift the upper console trim from the rear, seperating it from the lower console. Remove the two inboard kick panels by gently pulling toward them out. Remove the two nuts from inside the console well, and the the two small screws from the front side of the console near the radio. Move the parking brake as far back as you can. Set the gear selector to the middle and carefully remove the console. There is a light that turns to disconnect. Now you are almost there. There are four plastic hooks that hold the selection indicator on to the shifter. gently press each one with a screwdriver to release them. With the selection indicator off, there are more plastic hooks, or catches that attach the two pieces of the indicator. Gently use a small screwdriver to seperate the catches and pull the two pieces apart. You should now have access to the sliding indicator film and the sliding shifter cover or boot. If there is any sticky residue inside clean it out now. Glue the pieces you need to back together using the least amount of epoxy possible and carefully reassemble. The inside pieces are very thin and will break if not handled carefully. Good luck.

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