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The bushing on the shifter cable of my 1998 Saturn broke off. I searched znd found another one. Well, while putting it on and trying it out my cable broke right at the end of the cable. I rigged it to work , but now I need to adjust the cable if not both of them. How do you adjust them? I have never had to do it and would appreciate some knowledgable advice.

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You can get replacement cables at Advance or Autozone, they are much cheaper than the dealer cost

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I have a 1996 saturn sl2 5 speed it wont engage it any gears they act like they are all nuetural clutch dont look bad..the slave cylinder is working. i can put in all the gears without pushing the cluthch...


I was curious never had a standard shift with your problem. Found a guy which had similar problems but only fifth gear would work. He put some final notes which I will post maybe it will help. His problem was the cable broke so he was not really shifting into gear.(96 Saturn)
1. If you are having the problem, first visually check the cables under the hood - make sure they are still connected
2. Then check the cables visually, inside the engine compartment. The lower cable is hard to see
3. Next thing to check would be where the cables connect to the shifter. You'll need to remove the center console. 2 screws in the back of the console, two at the front behind the fuse panel door, and in the same place on the drivers side. Popout and disconnect the power window switch assm. Pop out the cup holders, twist out the little light. Disconnect the cigarette lighter. The shifter **** is a friction fit - pull up but watch out - mine let loose with a lot of force - watch you head.
Check the cables to make sure they are still connected to shifter. A common problem reported often (not my problem), is the cable bushing breaking. The end of the cable has a plastic ring. In the ring is a bushing that snaps over a piece on the shifter. If the busing breaks, it needs to be replaced. Google it, there is a lot of information on it and after market parts to fix it.

If, you are unlucky like I was, and your cable is broken, you'll need to replace it

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What causes the gear shifter to feel like there is no gears at all I can move the shifter all around no gears to be found


There is a bushing held in by a pin which attatches to a cable lingage. The cable and linkage fell apart . Its mainly a plastic bushing that came out cansmo_171.gifcansmo_172.gif

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I have a 2001 SL with manual transmition. The cable for the main shifting action came off the bottom of the shifter. It looks like the rotating insert that attaches the cable to the shifter broke. Is it...


Go to eBay and search for a saturn shifter bushing kit. these are less than 20 bucks, happens frequently on saturn. same kit fits all S series. if you can pull the console, you can put this in.
if you are in a hurry parts stores may have them in stock too.

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Shifter dont work just moves around freely


get a saturn shifter bushing repair kit for about 20 bucks on eBay, takes an hour to install. if that does not fix it then you are looking at a new set of shifter cables which can be had at parts stores.

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2000 SATURN LE , CABLE SHIFTER BROKE


make sure it is not the bushing under the shifter, if so you can get a repair kit for about 20 bucks on ebay and parts shops. if the cable is broken then you are going to have to get a new set. they are much cheaper through parts stores than through GM.

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5 spd manual trans, shifter doesn't have enough side to side movement to actuate 1st & 2nd gears. Shifter may be at fault? Bushings all seem intact at cable ends. It's the Lt cable that controls the...


Check the busings on BOTH ends of the shifter cables. First check underneath the center console that your bushing didn't break and cause your shifter to be limp and not move anywhere. This is a very common problem and can be remedied permanently by getting the delrin bushing found on ebay.

Next, if the above is fine, check the clips on the shifter side under the hood. There are 4 clips. Two hold the cable ends to the tower and slide horizontally. The other two hold the cables onto the transmission and slide on vertically. Sometimes these clips fall off and makes the shifter inoperable.

Finally if all of the above checks out the last possibility is that your shifter tower metal tab that the shifter cables attaches to is broken and sliding instead of pushing or pulling. This happened to my car but is not likely as my manual was in a raced Saturn previously so wear from that most likely caused it to break.

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5-speed manual transmission cable broken under shift handle (temporarily wired up for second time)


This is a common problem with the shifter bushing. If you search on ebay for "Saturn shifter bushing" and look for the Delrin one, it's about $15 that will fix the problem permanently. It's a tad expensive for a small part but I'm running it in my manual and I've had zero problem in over 2 years.

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1999 Saturn SL1 manual...shifter cable bushing


Hello:
NAPA sells the replacement bushing ($20) better than Saturns $200 to replace both cables.
Good luck

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Saturn shifter linkage


The bushings on ebay work from what I understand, but a bit pricey. The bushing in question is a P.O.S. for sure. Easy fix though if you have tools and time. First I drilled out the ball that the end of the linkage,the one your faithfull broken bushing use to ride on. popped a 3/8 inch bolt thru the drilled hole, put a piece of 3/8 inch heater hose "cut to length desired" over the bolt ( this is what the linkage ring rides on ) put a rubber gromet or rubber washer that has a hole big enough to fit over the heater hose on each side of the linkage ring ( oh and dont forget the lube - regular grease will eat rubber so use good judgement). put a washer big enough to keep your gromet or rubber washer from falling off, and then a lock nut, and I cannot stress the fact that it has to be a lock nut. DO NOT tighten the living **** out of everything, that little linkage ring is plastic after all just tighten it "lightly snugish" and just make sure your lock nut can't be un-tightened by hand. I hope all of this makes sense, anyway total repair cost- one hour of my time, about $4 of parts at the local auto parts store. best of all, it should outlast the car. Oh fyi, I used rubber parts because that is less likely to break the plastic linkage ring. Showed what I did to a mechanic in town, said now he actually knows what to do next time one of those f-ing saturns comes in with busted linkage. Good luck fellow "manual" saturn owners!

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