Last post on Jul 07, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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Mazda Tribute, Transmission, SUV
#5 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [texasmoon]
Nov 18, 2008 (7:12 pm)
This same issue is happening to my gf's Tribute. Does anyone know a part Number or a way to fix this problem (more than a temporary fix) ?
#6 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [texasmoon]
Jun 26, 2009 (10:24 am)
Here is how I was able to fix this:
- Cut a piece of 1/4 in ID Vinyl tubing the length of the shift arm shaft plus 1/2 in.
- Push tubing all the way on to the shaft (its sort of a tight fit).
- Push cable end over tubing.
- Mine fit fairly snug and would probably stay in place a long time but to be sure I ...
- Heated end of tubing
- Pushed/threaded in a 3/8 in set screw inside open end of tubing till it bottomed out at end of shaft.
- Installed a tiny hose clamp to lock set screw inside tubing.
I will be sure to keep an eye on this but the enlarged end of the tubing will keep the cable end on the shaft, hopefully for a long time. Thanks to Texasmoon for the base sketch.
#7 of 14 manual gearbox cable adjustment
Jul 30, 2009 (11:57 pm)
Is it possible to adjust the gearbox shift cables of a manual gearbox? My gearlever can move about 2 cm before shifting, which is a little anoying.
Saw no adjusment option under the gearlever cover; is it on the other end of the cables on the gearbox (noticed som complex plastic devices), or do they need to be renewed?
#8 of 14 Re:Tribute Gear Selector [texasmoon]
Jul 08, 2010 (11:27 am)
Yesterday I parked my Tribute 2002 with 115000 miles, just for a few minutes and when I returned to the car I had the same problem, the gear shift engaged in parking but was flying loose trough the other positions! THANKS TO YOU GUYS AND THIS FORUM, I was able to fix it this morning after I found the loose cable, couldn't see it but I felt it and was able to hook back on the shaft. Now I will just put a clip on the end of the shaft to prevent it from flying out again.
#9 of 14 How Do You Get the Shift Cable Out?
Jul 09, 2010 (3:30 pm)
I am fixing the gear shift cable (popped off) on our 2003 Tribute LX-V6. I have removed the shift lever/pin assembly and drilled a hole in the pin for a cotter key to keep the cable on. I want to bring the cable end up to check the bushing. Does anyone know how to undo the cable grip that is located just above the shift lever?
#10 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [texasmoon]
Oct 08, 2011 (12:41 pm)
I am having an aweful time finding this rod and and ring. can you give me any other clues as to what is next or near this rod? Thanks
#11 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [texasmoon]
Apr 14, 2012 (6:04 am)
You are a life saver. After an initial freakout when my 02 Tribute wouldn't shift into gear, I found this message board and was able to quickly fix the problem, at least temporarily, so that I could drive to the repair shop around the corner. Just say a little prayer that they don't charge me an arm and a leg.
#12 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [jaskets]
Apr 14, 2012 (6:18 am)
Good to hear! Please let us know how it goes (whether they wanted to replace the shift cable, price, etc).
I was also able to temporarily fix the issue. However, I did notice that my selector lever (the bar we grab to shift gear) had increased "play" in some of the gears (mainly drive). This makes me think that there is a possibility that the selector lever had enough "play" to cause the shift cable to wiggle free of the transmission shift lever (the metal pin on the transmission that the shift cable ring links to).
Do you notice any increased play on your selector lever?
#13 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [texasmoon]
May 09, 2012 (10:40 am)
Go to Auto Zone or any Auto Parts store and they have gear shift plastic inserts that will snap into place which are the same as the original parts. They cost $5.99 for an assorted pack and will work on both the transmission end of the cable and also in the steering columb. The Dealership wants $85.00 for these two plastic fittings.
#14 of 14 Re: Gear Selector [harleyrabbit]
Jul 07, 2012 (11:55 am)
Thanks to all for the very useful info. Saved me from getting towed out of my own driveway today.