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Shifter loose-Not the infamous bushing maybe broken cable

2001 Saturn SC1/5 speed manual - 125,000 mi: I purchased this car 1 week ago and the shifter is now loose and the trans is stuck in first. I removed the center console in hopes that the bushing was crumbling like so many others but it is still intact. I then inspected where the cable enters the transmission. It appears that the housing of the cable is the only thing moving when the gear-shift is moved. (pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/dhdouglass/2001SaturnSC1#5308327443061135586) The cable on the inside of the housing is still firmly attached inside the transmission. By all indications the cable must be broken at some point within the cable housing. I can be termed as a "novice" gearhead. Is the replacement of a shifter cable something that can be done relatively easy?

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I have been suffering from the infamous deteriorated bushing for about 18 months now. Until now, have fixed it with tape. But I want to sell it now and need something more permanent. Anyway, I went to a junkyard today and managed to pull off the entire shift cable in about 1 hour. I'm a novice as well. A few clips at the transmission, pulling the bushing off at the gear shift. Hardest part was getting it through the firewall without totally destroying the rubber. If you have questions, e-mail me at whitehype@hotmail.com

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • jjacoby2 Dec 02, 2010

    Hey guys, i have a 2001 saturn sc1 with the same exact issue my shift cable looks exactly the same, on the main clip on the cable mount how do you remove the full on cable and cable cover

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