Question about 2005 Dodge Magnum
Not a simple repair but it can be done in about 2 hours. Remove the top plate that surrounds the shifter, then the ash tray and the two screws that are behind it, then remove the tray in front of the shifter to reveal two more screws, remove them then the three bolts that hold the console in place. Remove the console, being careful to remove the wire that is on the accessory jack from below the console.
Now you can remove the white plug at the rear of the shifter for the light, then the large plug at the rear of the shifter assembly. Then unhood the cable on the front left from its attachment point (this is the broken piece) then from the passenger side, remove the bolt that holds the shift cable to the shifter making note of where the bolt is in the adjuster so that you can put it back in the same spot, I marked mine front and back with a sharpie. Then you remove the white solenoid and remove the cable from the right side of the housing being careful not to break the retainer.
Now you can remove the four bolts that hold the shifter assembly in place and remove it from the car.
Take note of any broken parts that may have fallen out or a spring.
The shift nob can be removed then the top plate and the slider and the white top plate after that. Then you can unclip the three clips around the lower perimeter that holds the top of the housing in place and remove it after you remove the small electrical connector from the rear. (above the larger one you removed earlier)
Now you can see the pink lever on the front. That small dull area on the front of it is where the hook used to be. You can remove the pink lever by putting the car in the Drive possition and slide it up to remove. Once it is off you can see from underneath it that it has a hollow channel. I drilled a very small hole in the top just behind the spot where the loop broke and then a small hole in the front about 1/16" down, this allows you to loop the spring through the top and out the front to make sure it does not come out.
Now put the lever back on and you will have to bring the shifter back to the park possition to get the lever back in place, then loop the spring into the new holes and into the hook at the front center of the shifter.
Reverse to re-install. Enjoy your rapaired shifter.
This should not take 2 hours, I had never looked at it before and I did it in 90 minutes in my driveway in the dark.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
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