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I have a 94 saturn sl straight shift, the shifter dont catch gear it just moves around freely. what could be the problem?

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If the shifter cable has broken (specifically the plastic loop) you can replace it with a new one from Ebay. Just look up "Saturn Bushing Man" and select the Shifter Cable Eyelet loop. It is a part that is $25 plus shipping. It is an easy fix. The other possibility is that the shifter bushing has broken. "Saturn Bushing Man" on ebay also sells a Delron Plastic Replacement or a Stainless Steel Shifter bushing replacement. Either of these will work as well and are only a $29 part. I have owned Saturns since 1997 and I had both of these parts go out on my 94 Saturn SL2.

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Bad news, the grommet the hooks to the shifter from the cable is bad, that's why your shifter moves around freely, this is a dealer item, and the dealer don't sell this grommet by it's self. they want to sell it with the cable only (or they won't make any money), you might want to hit some salvage yard's and see if you can locate one, if not you'll have to buy the cable from the dealer,sorry:( Hope this was helpful.

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  • Brandon Haygood
    Brandon Haygood Jul 08, 2010

    thanks could I use one off of a different year model or does it have to be a 94?

  • Alexander Mimun
    Alexander Mimun Jul 08, 2010

    Any year Saturn.

  • lwayneking Aug 05, 2010

    It's not as complicated or expensive as everyone makes it out to be. I fixed it for $11 and 45 minutes of work. Unscrew the shift housing from inside the car, drill out the plastic grommet, grab a carriage bolt with washers and locknut and put it through the control arm where the grommet was and you're off. It's been 2 years and shifting fine.

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I have never seen a cable linked manual transmission shifter. Idk but my suggestion is to check to see exactly what type of linkage it does have, and if i'm wrong so be it. However I think it is going to be a solid rod perhaps more than one. I'm assuming it worked itself loose from either transmission side or the shifter side. To determine this shouldn't be too hard. Just remove the shifter boot from the console, and look to see if linkage is attached to the shifter properly. If so u should be able to follow it to opposite end to check to see if it is attached properly to the transmission. If on either side it is disconnected than you will need to determine the type of keeper or retainer the factory used to keep linkage fastened securely. Examples. Carter pins, nuts, bolts, e-clips, snap ring ext. these parts can easily be found at local hardware stores. Now when you get this problem fixed will you let me know what it was, that way I will know:)

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

  • mjdailey Aug 07, 2010

    The linkage is a cable with nylon connectors between the shifter and the cable. I have the same problem

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