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Shift Cable end just broke

Hawk58

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May 19, 2011
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GA
My XLR/V(s)
2006 XLR
Hi XLR fans. I was backing my car out of the drive way and low and behold as I started to shift into Drive, the cable let go. With the car stuck in reverse, I maneuvered it back into the driveway, shut it off and set the parking brake as I had to get to work and had no time to waste. Fearing the worst, I let the car sit till I had more time to investigate. Today I jacked up the rear end and found the cable had disengaged from the transmission shift lever due to deterioration of the inner plastic bushing on the cable end. I remember someone already finding a fix to this if the cable had not broken by just replacing the inner bushing. I went to BushingFix.com today and ordered the repair kits for both ends. Plus a spare set. By the way both kits are on sale currently almost half price. As many have suggested on the blog, recommend you get the two kits and throw them in you glove box to be ready when this happens to you. The transmission end kit can be installed quickly without taking anything apart as long as you can get the rear of the car jacked up. I also ordered a spare shift cable from GM to have on hand when the original breaks. No telling when GM will discontinue the cable like they already have done on the rear wheel bearings. Really glad this whole event didn't happen away from home in the middle of some parking lot as it has for some members.
 

James Landi

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May 21, 2017
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Location
Camden, Maine, and Melbourne, Fl.
My XLR/V(s)
2007 (red) with wire grrile
You stated that you can make the repair with the rear jacked up... approximately how high off the ground is the rear end of the car for you to get to the cable? James
 

rexster314

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Oct 2, 2015
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West Columbia, Texas
My XLR/V(s)
2006 Base Infrared
You stated that you can make the repair with the rear jacked up... approximately how high off the ground is the rear end of the car for you to get to the cable? James

High enough for you to get under the car to get at the trans end of the cable
 

Hawk58

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Joined
May 19, 2011
Messages
13
Location
GA
My XLR/V(s)
2006 XLR
James,

About 10-12" just high enough to crawl under as rexster mentioned. This is how easy the fix is minus maneuvering around the exhaust pipe.
Here is a link to the procedure. YouTube
 

JohnnyBfromPeoria

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Jun 13, 2019
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90
Location
Apache Junction, AZ
My XLR/V(s)
2004 Base, Black/Black
Just fixed mine, rear bushing was completely gone. The hardest part is getting a jack under the car, sitting outside my gate, in gravel. I needed a new low profile floor jack anyway, haha. FWIW, the bushing installs in under a minute and really tightens up the throws on the shifter. Thanks for this thread, saved my bacon!

John B.
 

mickeytee

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Apr 5, 2017
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803
Location
North Atlanta
i highly recommend everyone buy one of these little kits and keep it in the car .Even if you cannot do the repair yourself you may be able to get a shop to install the part if you break down and have it with you.
 

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