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2001 saturn sl 4 dr 4 cy fwd manual 5 spd. my car is stuck in 3rd gear and the shifter moves forward and backward but not side to side motion. won;t go out of 3rd. been told the shifter assembly is discontinued and the salvage yrd wants $85 for a re conditioned assemblage. is there an easier way to fix the problem and is it even my shifter cable that's the problem?

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They have replacment shift linkage bushings on ebay, but a bit pricey. The bushing can be a Easy fix though if you have tools and time.
1st drill out the ball at the end of the linkage, this is the one your broken bushing use to ride on. Place a 3/8 inch bolt thru the drilled hole. Slide a piece of 3/8 inch heater hose 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

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well it got stuck originally right??might be time for a rebuild the cable does need the right amount of tension to push and pull,the linkage may need proper adjusting as well

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

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