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#3746 of 4149 Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move
Jan 06, 2009 (7:58 am)
Last night my car gear shifter stuck in reverse and wouldn't move when sitting parked at a traffic light.(had to have it towed to the garage) The mechanic says he can repair my shifter cable for $396 this seems very high just for a cable repair - they are not replacing it. Has anyone had a similar problem that can share any insight on what it cost/took to fix theirs?
#3747 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [SharonMac]
by vg33e power
Jan 06, 2009 (8:28 am)
I highly doubt the mechanic is going to "fix" the shifter cable, I am almost positive that he is going to "replace" it. Most faulty parts now are just replaced and not fixed as the old days, and I am truly sorry if I offend a mechanic out there, but most mechanics are not really mechanics like before they are technicians that replace parts.
In anyway, here is the Ford part number and price.
2-Hour Labor at $85.00 (average) = $170.00
Part - $64.99
Labor - $170.00
Total - $234.99
I think your are getting overcharged.
#3748 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [SharonMac]
Jan 06, 2009 (8:35 am)
same problem on my 2001 tribute . On the drivers side under the hood you can look down and see the shift lever that is where the cable end is. if the cable came off the lever there all you have to do is reattach the cable to the lever end and what I used was a push nut to hold it in place cost about .05 cents time it took five minutes to repair.
#3749 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [vg33e power]
Jan 06, 2009 (9:10 am)
Thanks just chatted with the mechanic and expressed my concerns at the price. He explained that the $396 included a transmission service also. I told him to hold off in doing that and just fix the cable for $301 - he says he repairs it by repairing the ends so the problem never happens again!!! seemed wierd to me, how do you repair a cable when it is broken? It's with Mr.Transmission.
#3750 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [racenut]
Jan 06, 2009 (9:21 am)
How do you prevent it from coming off in future? i.e. permanently?
#3751 of 4149 Re: Mazda Tribute 2001 a/m stuck in reverse gear won't move [SharonMac]
by vg33e power
Jan 06, 2009 (9:37 am)
WOW! $301 to just fix the cable...how about replacing it since he is accessing it already and do his "magical" repair on the new cable for the same price.
I think your getting screwed on the price....just my $0.02
Jan 06, 2009 (12:18 pm)
Maybe so - at least now I can drive it and get to the other problem i am having i.e. it idling badly and having shuttering problem when shifting from 3 to 4th gear.
#3753 of 4149 Re: Transmission Problems? [kelbybaby]
Jan 13, 2009 (2:24 pm)
We have an 02 tribute and a 01 escape, they both do that rumble strip thing. I was wondering if you found out what the problem was. I am scared that i am going to be out of some serious money soon.
Jan 13, 2009 (2:25 pm)
The shuttering problem, I am having that in my 01 escape and my 02 tribute! Did you find out what it was?
#3755 of 4149 Transmission Shudder
Jan 14, 2009 (8:43 am)
Change the transmission fluid, that seems to work. It should be changed every 30,000 miles or so.