Sure, the engine, the wheels, and the steering wheel all contribute invaluably to making driving easy for you. But are these auto parts enough? What if you want to speed up or slow down as you drive along the highway?Well, changing your vehicle's speed entails changing transmission gears. And for that, what you need is a shifter. The shifter, usually a short or long metal rod with a knob on one end, allows you to easily switch between the transmission's different gears.By stepping on the clutch and moving the shifter, you can safely speed up or slow down on the road. Made from sturdy materials such as steel or aluminum, the shifter can usually last your vehicle a long time.But for customization or replacement purposes, aftermarket shifters are available here at Carparts.
• Allows you to easily manipulate your vehicle's transmission
• Helps you enjoy safe, easy driving
• Designed to last longer than its OE counterparts
How to Replace a Malfunctioning Shifter
If you're driving a car with manual transmission, then the shifter is probably one of the most frequently used parts of your car. When this component starts to malfunction, the best thing you can do is to replace it as soon as possible.
Difficulty level: Difficult
Tools and supplies needed:
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Socket and wrench set
- Thin rag or cloth
- Flat wood block
- New shifter
Step 1: Unscrew and remove the shifter knob. Next, take out all console parts that cover the main shifter assembly. Depending on your vehicle, you might need to pop out some plastic molding pieces to get full access to the shifter.
Step 2: Pry out moldings using a flat-head screwdriver. To prevent scratching your car's interior, you can wrap and cover the tip with a cloth.
Step 3: Remove the bolts attaching the shifter to the connecting rod, which links it to the transmission. Keep the bolts and bushing in a safe place, as you will still need to reinstall these parts later.
Step 4: With the shifter connected only through a ball socket, you can now fully bend the shifter back and forth, and pop it out. Once the shifter is removed, you'll notice some grease left on the shifter ball. Use your hands to wipe it off, and transfer the grease onto the new shifter for enhanced lubrication.
Step 5: Line up the new shifter above the ball socket, and set the flat block of wood lined over it. Then, use a hammer to strike the wood until the shifter can be fully popped into the socket.
Step 6: With the shifter now seated in the ball socket, reconnect the new shifter to the connecting rod and secure it with bolts.. Make sure you don't over-tighten the bolts, and that the unit is bolted in the right direction based on the bend's location.
Step 7: Once the unit is secured with bolts, return the center console pieces and shifter knob. Before test-driving your car, row it through all the gears while the engine is off. This way, you can ensure that you're receiving proper engagement.