How to Fix Your Ride's Shift Lever
As a driver, one of the basic parts of your vehicle that you constantly use is the shifting gear. It is connected to the shift lever, which allows it to have a smooth movement. Once the lever gets damaged, you can be in serious trouble! Hence, you must be able to trace the roots of the problem, and be able to solve it immediately. Keep in mind that some problems in your ride can be fixed before being totally replaced. Here are the tools and the steps on how you can fix your vehicle's shift lever before it's too late:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Socket wrench
- Penetrating spray
- New shift lever
Step 1: Disconnect the negative ground cable from the battery terminal in your vehicle before starting. Use a wrench for this matter. Also, make sure that the engine has already cooled down.
Step 2: Since the shift level is located on the steering column, locate its screws that fasten its grooved bezel. After doing this, the boot of the shift lever will be loosened. Grab it but do not remove it completely.
Step 3: Once you have taken hold of the boot, shake it gently. Your shift lever may be stuck in the park status because of a loose boot. So for this matter, simply secure the bolts that hold the boot into place tightly with the help of a screwdriver.
Step 4: This time, look for the nut and bolt that hold your shift lever in place. These are located at the base area of the lever, which then lead to the parts of the internal transmission.
Step 5: Shake the nut and bolt as well to see if they are loose. If proven, use a socket wrench to tighten the nut and bolt carefully. Make sure that their threads will not be damaged.
Step 6: Also, try pushing your vehicle a little bit in order to fix the park problem of your shift lever. This usually happens when your vehicle is not parked on an even surface.
Step 7: You can also look for the shift sensor, which is located on the underside of the brake pedal. This button serves as a signal for your shift lever, in a way that it does not allow the movement of the shift lever upon engaging the parking brake. So if this button becomes immovable, then your shift lever may be stuck as well.
Step 8: To prevent your shift lever from remaining stuck in this situation, you can apply a penetrating spray to the shift sensor. Upon being lubricated, the shift sensor will be able to function properly again. Hence, your shift lever will get engaged as well.
Step 9: Once your shift lever is already fixed, you may now reinstall the components that you have removed earlier. Reconnect the negative ground cable to the battery terminal afterwards as well. You may now start the engine in order to test the efficiency of your fixed shift lever.