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Unread 03-15-2010, 06:41 AM   #1
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Automatic transmission shifter cable

Last night I pulled into the driveway put the Jeep in park to open the garage door and when I went to pull into the garage the Jeep wouldn't come out of park. The shifter moved freely. Not knowing for sure what gear the transmission was in I chocked the wheels and climbed under for a look-see.

The shifter cable is not conected to the transmission any longer. The transmission is in park, and I found a couple of plastic pieces under the Jeep that look like a retainer clip that snaps into the eyelet on the cable.

Can I buy a replacement retaining clip? Are there any special MOPAR tools I need to install it. My FSM does not mention it, but only mentions replacement of the entire shifter cable.

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Unread 03-15-2010, 09:18 AM   #2
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Stealership says they only sell the cable, not just the retainer.

Anyone replaced the cable on a full console TJ? Any tips/tricks?
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Unread 03-15-2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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I had the same thing happen. I think the cable cost me around 45 dollars. It was very easy to install. Lift up the coin tray towards the front of your console and I believe there is a 10mm bolt there. (I could be wrong though it's been awhile). I think it nay have taken 15 minutes from start to finish. You shouldn't have a problem with it.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 10:08 AM   #4
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While crawling around under mine,
I noticed mine is held on with two cable ties.

Been like that since the PO I guess
I have had it for 5k and 9 months.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 10:53 AM   #6
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Mine is also held on by zip ties and it has been like this for over a year now. There is a writeup somewhere the describes installing a bolt where the plastic POS came out. I'll try to find it and post back.

And I wouldn't wast my money on a OEM replacement since it failed within 3 yrs.

Here is the writeup.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/05...ailure-600665/
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Unread 03-16-2010, 06:54 AM   #7
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^^ thanks for the link.

I went at lunch yesterday and bought a new cable for $35. I saved the link for when the new cable breaks.

Installing the new cable took about 20 minutes. There were no nuts or bolts holding it in place. The cable snapped onto the shifter and clipped into the bracket on the shifter. There's a gromet on the firewall that you push through to the engine bay. Then the cable clips onto the shifter bracket. The new cable has all new clips and a new gromet so if you break a stubborn clip or tear the old gromet, no worries. After the old cable is out, snap the new cable to the trans bracket, then route it up the firewall through the hole. Push the gromet through the hole, connect the new cable to the shifter bracket, and snap it to the shifter. Then line up and push the gromet back in place on the firewall. finally crawl under the Jeep and connect the cable to the transmission linkage. Check your shift points and make sure P=park D=drive etc. If not, adjust the cable by moving the bracket on the transmission end.
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Just an FYI for anyone else that was searching and found this thread. The cable isn't $35 anymore, it's $50. Still not too bad. And the dealersip now sells just the bushings.
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Just get a replacement bushing from the dealer, I carry one as a spare.
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Mine wasn't the bushing. The cable seized inside the sheath. So, I'll have bushings off of the old cable as spares.
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Anyone have a part number for just the bushing?

I am still on the original, so it would be good to carry a spare to go with the spare chopsticks for the already broken shift interlock rod.
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I would just call up the dealer.
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I would just call up the dealer.
That's the plan, but it's nice to have a part# in advance to help guide the moron behind the counter, or on the phone.

I'll google it. Thanx.
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Anyone have a part number for just the bushing?

I am still on the original, so it would be good to carry a spare to go with the spare chopsticks for the already broken shift interlock rod.
I just so happened to still have that p/n on my cellphone for when I needed to buy one... 68137495AA.
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