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post #1 of 12 Old 10-13-2021, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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shifter cable attaches to tiny nub on trans lever

My shifter cable has unhooked itself. There is a tiny nub that looks like it might have been a ball stud. The service manual does not show a pic of it and the instructions say to just remove it. Not really helpful unless you have done it before like the dealer mechanics. If the ball has worn away then I don't see how that tiny thing can last 200k miles. It doesn't look replaceable so you have to get a new shift lever for the trans I guess. Now that I'm thinking about it I can probably drill it out put a nice throttle pin on there. Has anybody else had that failure?



While I was down there I was looking right through the trans mount. The thing has holes in it like swiss cheese. They sure don't seem to be built to last. It must be the mall crawlers that get the high miles on them.

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-13-2021, 06:56 PM
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It's a bushing and they do wear out.
https://www.bushingfix.com/jeep-gran...ng-repair-kit/
I'm guessing it's this one you are talking about
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That looks exactly like I need. They don't list the transmission end though, only the shifter end for the WJ. I'll call them tomorrow to see what they have to say about that. It might be the same on both ends. I couldn't see much shape to that stud. I'll have to wire brush it and see if it's really still there. Thanks Soem0
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The one I linked is for the trans side. It's the exterior one
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It's a bushing and they do wear out.
https://www.bushingfix.com/jeep-gran...ng-repair-kit/
Good to know! Link bookmarked....

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ok got it.
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If you get the bushing, let me know how it works out. I have been zip tying mine every few months for a few years now.
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I ended up zip tying it. I cleaned it up and looked it over and that little rusty nub was indeed a ball stud. I went to one of my spare WJ's and popped that one off and looked at it. It didn't look a lot different than my problem one. I reconnected it and felt the resistance required. Then I reconnected the problem one and it has some resistance but a little less. My choice was order a teeny tiny bushing for $35 or....maybe a zip tie will work.



Before I made that decision I tried to remove the old bushing with an angle pick and wasn't having much luck. I'm not sure what the trick is but I was not going to be able to install a new bushing in 5 -10 minute like bushingfix said. For the zip tie fix I was able to make a nice full loop around the chrome shaft of the shift cable and secured it to the shift arm. I am pretty confident this could be a fairly long term fix. Thanks for all the tips guys and helping me think through this.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-15-2021, 01:35 PM
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I used 2 zip ties, one around the chrome shaft, then one through that one and around the shifter arm. It does last a while, but seems to not last as long when it's really cold. I have been doing it for a few years now. Much like in this video.
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post #11 of 12 Old 10-16-2021, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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My conscience won't allow be to pay $25 for such a tiny piece and $10 more dollars to put it in an envelope. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night getting taken advantage of that way. I'll have to get stranded on the road more than once before I start to see the value in that. I'll throw a few zip ties in the glove box and see how it goes. Thanks for the help guys.
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My conscience won't allow be to pay $25 for such a tiny piece and $10 more dollars to put it in an envelope. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night getting taken advantage of that way. I'll have to get stranded on the road more than once before I start to see the value in that. I'll throw a few zip ties in the glove box and see how it goes. Thanks for the help guys.
exactly why i keep reconnecting mine wit zip ties.
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