Question about 2005 Kia Sedona
Gear stick is floopy, wont select any gear and appears to be stuck in gear. Its like the stick has snapped.
More likely the shift cable has failed and needs replacement. To check this, remove the air intake and air filter housing. Beneath the air filter housing on top of the transmission there is a lever with indents. The lever moves counter-clockwise in an arc from Park toward the front of the vehicle to drive 1 at the extreme of the arc moving toward the rear of the vehicle. First, see if you can move the lever to the park position by hand. If not, then unbolt the cable from the lever and then it should be easily moved to the park position by two fingers.
At this point with the cable disconnected from the transmission selector lever, see if any change in the cabin transmission selector. Best that you remove the trim from around the center console by just pulling on it carefully, it should lift up. Remove the screw in the back of the ashtray box and a few other obvious screws and the entire center console should be easily lifted. To completely remove it you will have to disconnect some electrical connections. Best to mark their colors and positions and what button they serve for accurate reassembly. With the entire center console removed, the entire shifter mechanism it fully visible. Take note of the cable exiting the mechanism. Turn key on to idiot lights on dash, put foot on brake and move selector lever while watching the exit cable for corresponding movement. It they appear to be in sync, your transmission selector cable is broken and must be replaced.
For those experiencing a problem of cannot move the shift lever, this same fix of replacing the transmission selector cable applies as the cable is "mechanically frozen."
Order a replacement transmission selector cable for your specific vechicle and proceed to remove the old cable. This is a contortionist task! First remove the drivers side panel of the center console. You will need an extension mirror and a bright light. There are 3 points of attachment for the cable shell and 2 points of attachment for the operating cable. Starting at the top of the transmission, if you have not already removed the retainer nut on the end of the operating cable, do so. Then look back further to where the cable shell stops and release the end. This cable shell uses spring clips through narrow slots to affix its position. Push the now loose lower end of the cable toward open space under the vehicle.
From under the vehicle remove a single 10mm retaining bolt into the fire wall. From inside the vehicle remove the operating cable retaining bolt and pull the spring clip to release the upper end of the cable shell. At this point you should be able to push the upper part of the cable through the fire wall and completely remove the entire cable from under the vehicle.
New cable gets pushed through the fire wall first and it must be aimed inside the vehicle though the spring clip bracket for the upper end of the cable. Then from under the vehicle, route the lower end of the cable toward the transmission shift lever and the lower end spring clip mounting point. Replace bolt in firewall bracket first, then fasten the lower end of the cable shell with its spring clip and guide the operating cable though the hole in its retaining bolt but do not tighten yet. Inside the vehicle, fasten the upper end of the cable shell with its spring clip. A pair of extended length 90 degree needle nose pliers will help immensely in placing the upper retainer spring. Guide the upper operating cable through its retainer bolt but do not tighten.
Return to the transmission gear selector lever, it has a hole in it of a specified diameter that matches a hole in the housing immediately beneath. Temporarily install a pin through the lever hole to engage the housing hole. This pins the lever temporarily at the "D" drive position. Now check both ends of the cable that about equal amounts of operating cable are protruding through respective retainer bolts. Tighten the lower operating cable retainer bolt. Now from inside the vehicle give a tug on the upper operating cable to assure it is taunt, and make sure selector lever is in "D." Now tighten the upper operating cable retainer bolt. Next remove the temporary retainer pin at the lever on top of the transmission.
Start vehicle and check for proper transmission gear selection.
Reassemble center console and enjoy your new transmission gear selector cable.
Posted on Mar 20, 2014
There is a bushing for the shifter in the console that holds the stick in place. if this bushing is broken it will let the stick move freely without changing gears.
Posted on Mar 19, 2014
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