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Old 06-04-2011, 04:41 PM
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Help with shift cable

My Auto trans shift cable fell off. 2005 wrangler unlimited 4.0l 4sp auto trans. the plastic gromet cracked and the cable fell off at the trans. I went to the dodge dealership and they said they are on national back order on the gromets. so I ordered the hole cable. Any one had any luck replacing one of these, can I just take the gromet out of the new cabel or is the cable very hard to replace?

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Well if the grommet is available separately, you should be able to remove it from the new cable.

But maybe the old cable is the reason the grommet broke. You already have the new one so I'd replace it. Shouldn't be that big of a deal. Pull the console, detach from shifter/trans, and it should pull up through.

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:08 AM   #3
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Need help! 2005 Unlimited..My shift cable has broken yet AGAIN and is stuck in Drive.. Tried to crank to get it to the Jeep dealership, but it won't start.. I guess that's because it's stuck in Drive! How can I get if shifted back into part to start and then back into drive to get it to the shop? Trying to not have to have it TOWED! Any help would be great!
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I have heard of people using a zip tie to hold the cable on for a temp fix. Have you tried that?
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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If your shift cable gets frozen and broken often you may have a bad body ground and your body is using the shift cable to complete the ground causing it to get hot and seize up.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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Take a look at this link and read. Several fixes from temp to a very good mech. fix that is working great for me. ( I used his version #2)
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:59 AM   #7
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Bushing can be purchased individually through Morris 4x4 for $4.99.

Had mine go on me a couple of weeks ago after a day at the Badlands, but it luckily waited til I got back to my driveway. My luck continued when my mechanically inclined neighbor stopped by lol. Two zip ties to get it in the garage, then he found this fix as posted in the link above. No more plastic bushings for me!


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Old 09-05-2013, 10:07 AM   #8
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Shift Cable

I would like to thank everyone for there help on this matter! I was able to get it shifted into park in order to get it cranked and to the shop! I think I will order a couple of those 4.99 bushings to have as a spare! Clearly Jeep has a problem and a permanent solution needs to be provide by Jeep. I think this is a real safety concern and this should be address with a recall.

Thanks again!!
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get underneath it with a flash light on the drivers side at the front of the trans facing the rear and you will see what happened. Simply push the trans linkage all the way to the rear and now its in park. You can then start it and again go under and shift it into drive. Of course have some one apply the brake or you will have a tire track permanently on you forehead. Simple, Or you can start it in gear by using a remote starter at the start solenoid, push the remote and turn the key to the start position and wala, again safety first.

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