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Old 05-24-2009, 01:03 PM   #1
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"T" handle shifter replacement


I know there are several threads on this, because I hit on on Google, so I registered on the forum, but when I searched for them, a hundred different ways, I couldn't get back to them or find what I was looking for, so forgive me if this is redundant but...

My "T" handle shifter won't fully engage the release button, so I can't shift out of park. I just removed the handle and have to press the button with my thumb. I have two questions:

1) Since this is apparently common, are there any recalls? I think the dealership wants about $125 for an OEM, plastic, guaranteed to break like the original, replacement shifter handle. Nope.

2) Does anyone know where I could get an after market shifter handle with a button release? The thread I found on Google had a post from a guy who made one out of a grenade. Pretty cool, but beyond my capabilities. Any other ideas?

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Old 05-24-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
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Not the T handle that is the problem

So I finally found the thread I was looking for...


However, after further investigation, I found out the problem is not the T handle. The problem is the white " bumpy" stick that runs down through the shifter shaft and depresses the locking pin. Tried to superglue it, but no luck.

So, can anyone tell me how to get the shifter shaft out to replace that "bumpy" stick? I popped the top plate off and it looks like the shaft is made into a plastic housing with the locking pin through it. The "bumpy" stick appears to be replacable, if I can detach it and get it out of the shaft.

Any suggestions?

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Old 05-24-2009, 02:54 PM   #3
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i don't think that "bumpy" stick is attached to anything. on my zj i pulled it out and replaced it with a steel rod. and i did the same on my tj when i switched the oem shifter knob out with an e-brake handle.
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:17 PM   #4
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Wouldn't budge

Well I didn't think it would be, but I used a piece of wire to try and pull it out, but it wouldn't budge. Then the wire got stuck and nearly became a whole new problem. Luckily, I got the wire out, but the white stick didn't come with it.

Does anybody know if this particular task is covered in the Clymer manual?
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:18 PM   #5
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E brake handle!

Missed that for a second. That's a great idea. Now, to find an E brake handle...
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:15 PM   #6
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Just a side not to the original poster. If you want you can always use the Manual Knobs on the Auto shifter for looks. All you have to do is press down when you want to shift.

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Old 05-24-2009, 06:43 PM   #7
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Manual knobs

After seeing the plastic slide mechanism design of the stock handle, that may be an option I look at. My only concern would be keeping the knob secure on the shaft. But, the problem of the broken white stick still remains my biggest concern.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:29 PM   #8
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Just a side not to the original poster. If you want you can always use the Manual Knobs on the Auto shifter for looks. All you have to do is press down when you want to shift.
tried pushing my auto shifter down (since i would like a grenade as handle) but it does not go down really ?


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