Hello I have a question? I had my shift cable break on me not while I was driving but when I put the it in park I then got out of the jeep to get the mail when I got back in I shift it out of park and the shift lever had allot of play in it. in another words I could move the shift lever with out engageing the button on the lever. to make it short it was stuck in PARK. I don't do any "Slap Stick Shifting" like the dealer asked me the other day but I took it to the shop at the jeep dealer all of them were scratching there heads because they have never came across this problem. I own a 2005 LWB unlimited and I don't do any off roading but I do allot of hwy driving, I just put 51,000 miles on her runs great I really like it. so since I do allot of hwy driving is the shift cable going to be a problem in the future? or is this a sign of something else going on? My jeep gets regulator checks ups from the dealer. well what I'm asking it I hate to be out in the middle of the planet and find the cable broke again.
That's the first I've heard of that particular shifter issue, it's not something I remember ever seeing mentioned here. I really doubt it'll be a problem for you again once the dealer fixes it. Maybe it's a problem on the newer 42RLE transmissions but not on the older autos like I have.
Just to let you know I had the very same problem on my 2005 Rubicon Unlimited. The PLASTIC bushing at the transmission linkage disintegrated.
This occured at about 55K miles. The stealership said it wasn't covered under warranty. Couldn't believe the powertrain 7/70K warranty didn't cover this stupid plastic bushing. After paying the dealer about $280.00 I emailed Jeep and they reimbursed me all but $50 as a one-time customer satisfaction issue.
I never heard anyone else having this problem until I saw your post.
I just had the same problem with my 2005 LWB TJ. White bushing desinigrated. Had to buy whole cable for $40 for the .05cent broken piece. Dealership quoted repair at $350. This is a very common problem with the 2005 Jeep Wrangler (All automatic trans. models) Tow truck driver that met my wife said that this is the most common problem he faces with this model Jeep. When will this become a recall or class action lawsuit to repair or remburse?
My bolt mod has been on there for a while now and I think it's the best thing vs replacing that bushing/cable only to have it fall off again. With my mod I doubt it's going to just fall off or break! And yes when it does happen to you it's a PITA, but a couple of zip ties can get you home safely.
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Well, today we went to the store, put the Jeep in park, turned off the ignition and went inside. Came out and the Jeep wouldn't go into drive, reverse, etc... stuck in Park. I got under the Jeep, manually shifted it to Drive while my wife held the break. That got us home. Parts store says dealer has to fix with replacement of entire cable. The retaining bushing that holds the cable end onto the transmission shift lever had disintegrated. The cable appears to just need the retaining pin insert to reattach. Temporary(?) fix was a visit to Lowe's where I purchased a rubber grommet (9/16OD x 1/4ID, h#881253) and a Thread Cutting Nut (1/16 Hex, 1/4" stud, H#881219). I pushed the rubber grommet over the retaining pin, then shoved the cable end over the rubber grommet. Then snapped the threaded cutting nut over the beveled end of the retaining pin of the transmission shift lever. The threaded cutting nut was inserted upside down and fit perfectly inside the cable end with the lip of the cutting nut holding onto the cable end. It's holding pretty solid. As a permanent solution, can the cable end insert be replaced without replacing the entire cable?
Same thing just happened to me. 2005 Jeep Wrangler with 26k miles. Dealer also said this is very common. No recall??? Of course not covered by warranty. Dealership charged $374 to repair. I will contact Jeep to express disappointment.
5/14/2010 UPDATE: I wrote to Chrysler to complain. Much to my surprise, they sent me reimbursement! No letter or explanation, just a check.
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Last edited by UMTiger; 01-18-2011 at 05:53 PM..
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This is what happened to me. Didn't have time to play with it or try to fix it, so I zip tied it to get me moving, then went to the dealer and get a whole new cable for like $32. Hardest part was finding the cable.