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Old 06-25-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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tranny is in 1st but the shifter is stuck in 2nd??

hello guys i was driving and i was in 1st shifted to second. so once i shifted to second it acted like i double clutch it. my shifter is in 2nd and wont move or get into any gears it's stuck in 1 st but shifter in 2nd? help???


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Old 06-25-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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Fret not Marquitos, it's your shift cables that have come apart. Do a little "shift cable problem" searching and you'll find what's wrong and how to fix it.

It's NOT a big deal, your car isn't dead; you'll just need to bruise your knuckles a little.
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Fret not Marquitos, it's your shift cables that have come apart. Do a little "shift cable problem" searching and you'll find what's wrong and how to fix it.

It's NOT a big deal, your car isn't dead; you'll just need to bruise your knuckles a little.
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That is correct, the plastic piece that keeps the cables in place and together for the shift came apart. You can actually twist them together with the spring and your shifter will work again.

But of course it will come back apart, many people for a quick fix have just wrapped it with a couple of zipties to keep it together.

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so, if i bring a mechanic what do you guys think i should tell him what to do?
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Well I'd suggest to him that he put them back together and use a zip-tie to keep them from coming apart.

He'll want to replace the cables and it's a pretty involved operation (at least according to the manual)

If he'll listen, just ask him to put them together and zip tie 'em.

Good luck.
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Or you can do it ... get under the car and you will see the 2 cables and white and black plastic pieces.

They screw together very easily.

IF you ask a mechanic to zip tie the cables together, they usually won't do it. Because the moment they touch the car, it becomes the liability of the shop.

And not knowing you personally, they won't go out on a limb for you there. They are better covered to replace the part new.

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If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself and don't think you can find a mechanic that would tie it together with zip-ties try finding a friend who is willing to do it for you instead. Have your friend crawl under the car and repair it for you.
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