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sally03svt 06-04-2013 06:42 AM

shifter cable our bad syncro ?
I need some help please for about a month now I haven't had reverse the plastic bushing peice on the side of the shifter busted so I have alot of play in shifter. Putting it in reverse was tough but it would go now I can put it were reverse is supposed to be and it is first gear ? I've inspected both ends of the cables and they seem fine I need to look for to tell if its a cable our my tranny. Thank you for the help.

05focusST91 06-04-2013 06:46 AM

Try replacing the bushing first, if not the cables are probably no good, make sure that the cables are attached to the bracket properly too.

sailor 06-04-2013 10:03 AM

Yah, too much slop in the shifter & it won't move the cables as needed. No synchro for reverse, so that can't be an issue...

Sounds like the boot is off so you can see the mechanism. You'll notice that front to back movement of the lever moves one cable, and there are mechanisms to move the other with side to side movement. Cable moves one way when pushed left, then another way when pushed right, off of the center position. Sounds like you're not getting that second cable (L&R) to move as needed because of the broken pieces...


sally03svt 06-04-2013 10:35 AM

ok and thanks again for the help will Ford have this plastic bushing like thing pour is it special order it.

sailor 06-05-2013 02:50 PM

More than likely a "Special Order" piece I'm afraid...

Tousley Ford in MN has been a good mail order source, "Steve" is our best contact there.

Village Ford is a new sponsor here, "Andy" is their rep. and they have a section on this site.

I'd look close for other worn/damaged pieces, just 'cause of the likely wait for parts. SVT should have a metal frame for the shift mechanism, that's a good thing since a number of the plastic frames on other models have been found to break causing similar issues.


sally03svt 06-06-2013 09:55 PM

Well ordered that plastic peice for the.shifter do hopefully I'll have reverse this weekend ! And then on to fix the other problems.

sally03svt 06-14-2013 09:52 AM

Hot dog ! I finally have reverse again ! Not only did I have to change out the plastic bushing but the L shaped bracket that puts the car in reverse on the side of the shifter was chewed up bad so I found a shifter from a wrecked svt and BAM ! I gots reverse. Thanks for all the help guys much appreciated

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