Automatic Transmission Detent Cable: How to Replace It
It's amazing how automotive technology continues to innovate as time goes by! If you have an automatic-driven vehicle, then the automatic transmission detent cable is a great investment for you. It helps the transmission valve to engage the shift starting from the first gear. Without the automatic transmission detent cable, then how can you be capable of driving, right? That is why if this cable starts to show signs of wearing out, you must be able to replace it. Here are the tools and steps that you need to accomplish the task:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Floor jacks and jack stands
- New automatic transmission detent cable
Step 1: Make sure that the engine of your vehicle is turned off and cooled down for several minutes before proceeding with the replacement process. Also, ensure that its parking brake is engaged.
Step 2: Since you will be working on the hood compartment, lift the front area of your vehicle with the help of floor jacks and jack stands. Make sure that your vehicle is in a stable area before doing this.
Step 3: With the help of a wrench, disconnect the negative ground cable from the battery terminal to avoid any electrical problems or accidents.
Step 4: This time, open the hood and support it with its latch. Locate the screws of the floor shifter, and remove them afterwards with the help of a wrench once again.
Step 5: Next, locate the shifter handle. Release its locking clip in order to let the shifter handle be lifted away.
Step 6: You may now lift the center console of the shifter handle after gaining access to it. Make sure that all its fastening screws will be removed with the help of a screwdriver.
Step 7: To remove the floor shifter fully, you need to remove all its electrical wires, connectors, and clips with the screwdriver once again.
Step 8: You may now gain proper access to the old automatic transmission detent cable. To remove this, loosen up and take away its retaining clips on each end.
Step 9: With the help of the wrench, locate and remove the nut that fasten the old cable under your vehicle in a counterclockwise motion. You may now lift the old automatic transmission detent cable from the shift lever on the transmission area.
Step 10: This time, you can install your new automatic transmission detent cable. To do this, properly secure its nut in a clockwise motion. Also, make sure that its fastening clips are attached on each end of the cable.
Step 11: Reinstall the other components that you have removed in reverse order. Make sure that all the connections of the floor shifter will be reattached to it. The same goes with the center console and the shifter handle.
Step 12: Reconnect the negative ground cable to the battery terminal, and close the hood. You may now remove the floor jacks and jack stands on the front area of your vehicle, so you can start the engine and test the efficiency of your new automatic transmission detent cable.