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Shifter cable disconnected

Shifter will not go into gear

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  • 5speed Aug 18, 2008

    02 Cavalier Gertrag 5speed manual -160K km. Shifter won't budge into any gear after startup. Vehicle will move while shifter in 1st when starting vehicle - as it seems the clutch or gear is artially engaged while clutch pedal is still to the floor. When I release the clutch it stays in gear - can only shift out if speed and rpm matches (power shifting?)- not always. Clutching declutching alone at this point has no effect - gear won't budge from whatever gear it is driving in.

    Was an intermittant problem that seemed to resolve if (1)clean up linkages and re-lube or (2) turn off car clutch and declutch and shift R,1,2,3,4,5 and back down again several times - could tell that it would work when the shifting was smoothe while engine off -if rough or required and extra yank to put in gear while powered off -in would not budge when started. Has been going on sparodically - since approx 60K. Seemed pronounced after parking on any incline or decline. Noticed clutch reservoir low this year and topped up. Noticed sweat coming from hose connection to reservoir.
    It now appears to be a permanent problem.

    Air in Clutch system? Shifter linkage problem? Shifter cables, malfunctioning sensor at clutch pedal?

    Shifter linkages at transmission may not have been properly lubricated in the early life of the car or frequently enough - every 3months according to owners manual. But it has been within this time frame later -(ie some early oil changes did not also lubricate the shift linkage

    I don't think this is a replace clutch or transmission problem, do you?

    Bled the clutch using only 1 bottle of brake fluid car level, fluid an bottle slightly lower than bleeder screw opening. Don't know if that was proper place to bleed from or if car should have been jacked up at the front and the bleeder placed at the highest point or not (does this matter) Have heard this particular clutch hard to bleed this way (don't know if that's just a gm service technician trying to scare or not)


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    Shifter cable

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    Where to bolt shifter cable.



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First of all you cant bleed a clutch unless it is hydraulic. I would say to replace the hydraulic box on the clutch. If this does not work it is probably feasible you need a new trans.

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SOURCE: Need to replace the shifter cable on a 2003 PT Cruiser

I got mine fixed. Had to change the cable and the whole shifter assembly. It wasnt too bad in price, less then $200 total, and my son-in-law changed it in about 1/2 hr in the driveway. Just go to the dealer and get the parts break down for that area and get the cable and chances are, you will need the assembly too.

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Probably needs a new shifter cable.If you can disconnect it from the trans side,and it is still stiff,then it's the cable.

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SOURCE: The shifter/transmission on my manual 5 spd 1999 Saturn SL1

This just happen to me a few weeks ago. If you take out the center piece in the car you should be able to see that the actual shifter is no longer connected to the rod which goes into the transmission. It is an easy problem to fix, however it is not cheap. I was told that you have to buy a complete new kit($250.00) for the shifter, however my dad gave me a different solution. He took some wire, and made a spider web type thing to keep it connected. On my car it was a small round plastic piece that broke, but I cannot remember what it was actually called. This little piece is not available through Saturn by itself, only through a complete kit. Please ask questions if this is not clear enough. Thanks :)

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