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Mazda 6 shifter cables broken

I wanted to find out if these shifter cables typically break over time or if this was someting done from force? like shifting too hard?

I have a 2005 Mazda 6 with just under 60,000 miles on it. Is it normal for these to break or could it have been done during one drive?

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  • Ed 4 ward Jun 25, 2012

    I also found another prob, contributing to my broken cable; my clutch pedal assembly bracket that is bolted to the firewall had a crack, causing side to side motion of the clutch pedal AND not enough pushrod travel to master cylinder. A short term solution to this problem; adjust push rod by loosening the 12mm bolt on the push rod then turn the actual rod so it extends more toward master cylinder, tighten 12mm bolt on the rod . Your clutch"catch point" wil be diff, but you will be able to get into your gears better without hurting your cable/grinding reverse like me.

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    Juan Sturdivant Feb 08, 2016

    Hey i gotta problem myself. My cable popped on my Mazda 6 2005

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I had this same issue last week with my 2005 Mazda 6 Manual.... I feel your pain. About $275 for the new Cable and another 300 to install it.

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No solution, but my 2005 Mazda 6 (manual transmission) has just under 70,000, and sure enough, the shifter cables just broke. I've been looking around online, and haven't seen too many people complaining. My last car was a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, and over 8 years I put 155,000 miles on it, and never had an issue with the manual shifter or transmission.

I live in NYC, and the garage I took it to states that it will be a 3-hour job to fix, which seems rather high (especially when parts & labor comes to $550), but I have few options until I find a garage that I know is trustworthy and inexpensive. Let me know if you find anything, but I think that the low powertrain warranty must be specifically for this!

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When driving you can' t just shift it that easy . when you shift you have fush or kick the clutch pedal , then shift then release the clutch . Its done during the driving sir.

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I got my shifter cable from mazmart for about $230, on april 2012. I put it in myself in about 3.5hrs. Its def not that easy! Remove the battery, shift knob, center panels, driver side carpet(pull from behind the gas pedal, you will have to cut/pull the insulation looking foam away to access the two 10mm bolts that hold the shifter cable plate to the firewall, disconnect the cables under the hood(what's left of it), disconnect the cables from the actual shifter (inside the car) and start pulling the cable inside the car.the black plastic vent above the cable some kind of module(3or4 bolts) may need to be raised to allow the cables to come through.

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  • Ed 4 ward May 19, 2012

    On my 2004 6s(v6)

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    Juan Sturdivant Feb 08, 2016

    Yo did u have a mazda 6 2005?
    3.0 liter v6?

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    Juan Sturdivant Feb 08, 2016

    Yo did u have a mazda 6 2005?
    3.0 liter v6?

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Mazda shifter cables are poorly designed and is notorious for having design flaws in its transmission.
For a Mazda 626, someone indicated the following: The shifter cable pin or bushing can be replaced with after market piece which will hold up much better. You will not have to purchase the entire shifter link assembly from Mazda for $150.00 !
Try this website for the CD4E Mazda 626 transmission kit 4 cyl.

http://www.atfbilletparts.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21&products_id=5

The pin itself can be accessed by removing the airbox ..the linkage will directly below.


I have just tried an alternate "fix". My cable retainer failed and the cable end just slid off the shifter shaft. So I put the cable back on the shaft and held it in place with a 5/16" "Axle Cap Nut" from Lowes Building Supplies (Hillman part number 882547, cost less than $2.00).

Installation: Using a long nosed pair of Vice Grips (r), open the jaws until they just pass over the ends of the shifter rod. Then tape the axle nut to the stationary jaw so it won't fall off when you try to install it. Open the Vice Grips (r) and place the axle nut at the end of the shifter rod. Using the Vice Grips (r), squeeze the nut into place over the end of the shifter shaft. I'll let you know how this works out.They use a plastic grommet that breaks easily, when it should have been of metal. Mazda does not sell a repair kit, and repair shops lie to clients and tell them that the cables are broken. We were given a quote of $1,200 by the local dealer...

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