Question about 2001 Mazda Tribute
The transmission shift lever on the column feels as if it is disconnected from the linkage or cable going to the tranmission. The lever moves freely from one side to the other.
This is probably to late to help the original poster but it may help others. My 2001 Tribute did the same thing. I would check the connection under the hood first because it is easier to reach. It is between the airbox and firewall directly in from of the driver. It will probably require a flashlight to see but that is where mine was disconnected.
Unfortunately before realizing that I removed the black plastic shroud from the bottom of the steering column. The shift cable connects underneath the the column a few inches in front of the steering wheel. It is connected with a push on connection.
Both connectors have a rubber gasket inside the loop connector that dry rotted in the engine bay. I'm sure it would be easier to simply run a new shift cable but I was strapped for cash at the time and simply hooked it back on and placed a spring clip washer outside it to hold it on.
I hope this helps everyone!
Posted on Mar 08, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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