Putting new shifter in, how do you get the bottom barts out
Saab shifters break off and mine did. Got a new one, removed old one with three screws but the bottom unit is in a round shifting ball keeper with shifting shaft towards the motor. How do I get the shifter out of that keeper?
Re: Putting new shifter in, how do you get the bottom...
You must remove the shifter housing it requires that you buy or fabricate a tool- i just replaced a rev lockout gear set as well as the keylock barrel so i am very familiar with this procedure- you can make the tool to remove the housing with a 10 mm socket a six point is the best grind out 3 of the opposing sides to create a 3 pronged looking tool - if you have further questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pry out bezel around shifter very carefully, remove clip/screw for shifter handle after pushing down small chrome cover on bottom of handle. Remove shifter cover (screws or clips hold it in place) to gain access to blub. 1/8 turn to left on socket and it is out
drop steering collum to replace lost screw and tighten all of the other shifter screws best solution is to replace the shifter tube ,plunger ,bushings and straps takes about an hour.do not forget to use loctite on the screws.
There are 2 locking mechanisms in the shifter assembly. One is mechanical and the other is electronic. The electronic lock is disengaged when the brake pedal is depressed. This is a safety feature to disallow you from shifting from park without applying the brake. Most people would think this is the problem because of the symptom. But in fact, it is most likely the following reason which has nothing to do with the brake lock.
This problem is inevitable in all vehicles that use this gear shifter, Charger, 300, and Magnum. It happened to me on both of my vehicles (Charger and 300) within 30 days of each other. Chrysler is aware of the problem and has redesigned the part. After analyzing the new part, I believe it will fail too. The part that is failing is made of plastic and has a very small nipple on it where a spring is attached. The spring keeps tension on the part to keep it rotated in a default position as the shifter enters park. The part is attached to the key assembly via a cable and prevents the removal of the key until the shifter is in park. This is also a safety feature to prevent the vehicle from rolling if not placed in park before removing the key and exiting the vehicle. When the part fails it mechanically jams the shifter in the park position.
Emergency Solution: remove the chrome bezel and use a screw driver with a shaft at least 6" long. You will see a slot around the entire shifter assembly. Slide the screw driver straight down in the slot at the most forward position and approximately one inch left of center. Start the vehicle, hold the break, and push forward on the screw driver while maneuvering the shifter out of park. By pushing the screw driver forward you are pivoting the bottom of the screw driver and applying pressure to the failed part rotating it into the position the spring would normally place it. This allows the shifter to be removed from park. The shifter will go back to the park position with out any assistance of the screw driver. This procedure will need to be repeated each time you want to move the shifter out of park. CAUTION: YOU CAN REMOVE THE KEY WHILE NOT IN PARK. THIS WILL ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO ROLL.
Permanent Solution: Replace the shifter assembly, although, I believe the new shifter will eventually fail. If you are mechanically inclined there is a better solution. Replace only the failed party with a stronger part. A company in Florida makes a duplicate part from aluminum and it should never fail. http://www.billettechnology.com/ Here's the part you need... http://www.custombilletstore.com/product_p/1028.htm
There is a set screw under the crome ring at the bottom of the shifter knob. use a small flat screw driver and pry down on the chrome ring and it should come down and the set screw is under the chrome ring
Remove the console that surrounds the shifter. This may require removing the shifter handle, too, but it may not be necessary. There will be a screw on the back of the shifter's handle. If it is necessary to remove the handle, make sure the parking brake is engaged and shift into the lowest position to allow for more room to move the handle and then the console. Under the console, you will see the lamp for your shifter. Take it to the parts store to find the appropriate replacement.
I had a similiar problem on my 1996 Escort wagon. The shifter was stuck in park. There is a lil plastic circle to the right of the shifer. Get a small screwdriver and pry off the cap. Then insert a small screwdriver into the hole to see if you can release the mechanism. (by pressing down) If it is frozen like mine was, just remove the 2 screws on the shifter handle one on the side and the other on the side facing the radio. Then remove the 6 screws on the console. Remove the console, in 2 pieces...piece by the parking break first then the larger part that sets over the PRNDL if the lever is frozen and rusted like mine was get some penatrant like WD-40 or liquid wrench....squirt it into the base of the shifter and try to work the mechanism forward and reverse...Note: there is a safety mechanism that holds the shifter in position but will release when you step on the brake pedal. Hope this info helps.
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.
there are a few solutions possible. i have recently had shifter problems, too...
Okay, so, the parts inside and around the shaft of the shifter are almost all plastic. If you shift too hard, they break easily. These are easy repairs, for an auto repair shop, but i would recommend that you take it to a transmission specialist to have it done properly.
There is also a part called a "gear linkage," if this part is damaged, the linkages fall out of place, the shifter will get off track. Linkage systems can get a bit expensive, though.
When i had this problem, i took it to a repair shop, and a washer had fallen off, they had to screw it back on and the whole thing cost $50.
You take all the center console and plastic ducts from between the seats. There are 4 10mm bolts holding the shifter mechanism to the floor. Take these off and do your best to flip the whole housing to where you can access the bottom side. The ignition switch is attached under there. As I recall there are 2 T20 screws holding it on.