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Old 07-14-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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Question 2005 ZX4 ST Loose Shifter

When in gear, and out of gear, the actual shifter assembly is very wobbly and loose. I can still get into gear beautifully, it just feels flimsy.

Has anyone had this problem before? Is it a bushing, or a spring? How could I tell?



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Moved to General Tech Chat, better location for repair questions.

Checking connections of the cables at the trans. end, and pulling the console to check for bushing slop in the shifter are the first steps IMHO to see what problems you might have.

Left/right slop is more likely at the shifter IMO. If fore/aft was an issue and shifting itself wasn't good, there is a repairable trans issue (doesn't require removal) to look at next.
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Hahahaha... just found out my Dad's on the forum, too. He's already bookmarked the sections. Thanks.
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Hmmm...

Don't remember where "FocusOwnersDad" was from. (grin)

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Old 07-15-2016, 01:13 PM   #5
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Okay, we removed the transmission plate. Ooops, didn't think to have a jack under the trans to keep it from dropping. Looks like the center bushing(black) has some small gaps, as if worn. We're thinking that though this might have some effect on the shifter, not as much as is going on. So, time to jack the transmission back up an inch or so and close this up. Then, to take a look at the other area. If we had some extra energy suspension bushing lying around, we could have maybe replaced that worn black bushing. I don't know if the connecting rod has tension on it. Don't want it to slip back and under if we loosen it to pry the bushing out. On to the next step. Had to pick a hot muggy Florida July to buy a car, sigh.
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Great, the thread I bookmarked is not for this car. Back to the search function.
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Dang, too much work there.

This thread from the "stickied threads" listing at the top of the page is ONLY for when the front-back movement of the lever isn't working to shift it and the cable is OK:

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/g...ht=shift+tower

Left & right is most likely from a bushing in the shifter, though possibly from a bad cable connection at either end.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:10 PM   #8
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Motion is side to side... floppity floppity flop. Don't think there's any front to back. Be easier to tell once we replace the bushing. From what I've read in this forum, shifter bushings from an srt4 will work as a replacement. I've found some energy suspension bushing for an '04 model for under $12. Any way to verify this? Going to have to buy a shop manual for the car. Need pictures so we don't break anything... else;). Had one for my '91 SE-R, great manual and detail.
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I've been referring to the shifter mech. INSIDE the car as the most common issue for side to side sloppiness.

Trans end where you're working has possibilities as well, more common to have issues there with the different SVT transmission (exterior trans mech. bushing).
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It's not that I wasn't going to look inside, just had other things to inspect. And, while in the engine bay, why not pull off the mount and look at the top of the tranny. Also, until you pointed out the difference between slopping back and forth or side to side and the possible causes... hadn't thought about which way the shifter was flopping.

It's definitely side to side. Do you know anything about where to get the bushing or does one of the bushings from the srt4 set really fit this shifter mechanism? I have the energy suspension bushing set for a 2004 srt4 already bookmarked to order from. Wish I hadn't given two complete bushing sets away when I sold my '91 SE-R. One of them probably would have fit.

Trying not to be a bother. I remember newbies on the different sr20de mailing lists and forums. Thanks for the help...really.
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