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Unread 02-21-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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4WD Liberty Sport 2002 Shifter Cable?

Hi,
Well, my Jeep has been in and out of the shop repeatedly and nothing is really getting fixed. I brought it in last time for heating problems and check engine light being on. After about 6 times in the shop, I'm still not getting normal heat. Just picked it up the other night and the mechanic informed me the shifter cable was bad. Showed me some little black rubber, I think, black thing. Shifting into 4wd was fine before. So, I now have 2 wheel drive only. Said all I needed was the cable for this manual unit. However, apparently only a kit is sold which costs, with labor, $535. I have already spent about $1700 for, essentially, nothing. The check engine light is finally off, but, truthfully, after it's been 'fixed' it stays off for a couple of days and then comes back on again, so I really don't know if it will stay off. As you can tell, I'm pretty frustrated. Not sure why I need to pay for something that was ok before they fooled with it, and not sure why I need to pay for a whole kit when they tell me all I need is the cable.
Does anyone know where I can purchase just the cable? Thank you for any help you can offer. Ellen

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Unread 02-21-2015, 02:40 PM   #2
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You sure you don't just need the bushing:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f28/t...shing-3009409/

There is also a different bushing on the hand lever side of the 4wd cable.
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Unread 02-21-2015, 03:11 PM   #3
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I have no clue. He said it was the cable. I asked about just the bushing and he said that would not work. These guys are supposedly decent mechanics, but i'm not sure. I've been dealing with the owner and they have been in business for 25 years, so I guess I am supposed to assume they know what they are talking about.....but who knows.
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Unread 02-21-2015, 03:39 PM   #4
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I don't see a separate part number for the cable anywhere, but I've never heard of it breaking. Of course it's not impossible that it did but I know the bushings on both ends do rot and fail. I'm assuming you have the 231 (command trac) Tcase. Here's a link to a parts diagram:

http://www.factorychryslerparts.com/...ssembly=550433

The handle end (under the console) has this bushing I believe:

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Drivetrai...pn=CRO53004810

I'll keep looking for the cable number.
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Unread 02-22-2015, 10:09 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for the diagram. He never showed me anything except the broken bushing. I will bring the picture to him tomorrow and see what he says. Do you have a mechanic you trust in your area? I am not very far. Thanks again!
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Unread 02-22-2015, 10:54 AM   #6
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Ahh yes you are close. I am a bit too picky for the few shops I have tried. I try to do everything myself except on my wife's minivan. We got a great lifetime service deal from DarCars when we purchased it new and I can't beat the prices because of it. We get 8.95 oil changes every 4k and it takes 6.4 quarts!! I still do the PCV and any engine air or cabin air filters. We even buy tires from them since we haven't been able to beat the price on the Michelin's I like.

I'm still thinking you only need the bushing which is a relatively easy fix when it isn't too cold out.
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