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Old 11-22-2008, 10:32 PM   #1
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Question Gear Shifter moves in all directions. Mechanic says I "broke a cable". Is this true?

My gear shifter 'broke' recently, and it got stuck in a gear. The actual shifter can move in all directions, even a circular direction. I was told that what probably happened was a pin came lose or broke, so my shifter is no longer hooked up to my transmission. I took it in to a mechanic and he said I broke a cable and it will cost $400 to fix, if I am lucky. I have a hard time believing such a simple thing could cost so much, or that there is even a cable involved with switching gears. Any truth to this?
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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There is a shift cable connecting the shifter to the tranny, and yes, when it breaks it will allow the shifter to go any way you move it. Also, shift cables aren't too expensive, but the amount of labor to put one in (Depending on the car) will be close to 4-500 bucks. This ofcourse varies on the $$$/hour labor rate the shop you take your car to is at. Most shops are somewhere around the 60-100 bucks per hour of work these days.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:38 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info & reply, helps out a lot!
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:57 AM   #4
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I just had this issue fixed today, and I am surprised at the $890.03 bill. The cable itself was listed at $595.95 on the bill, and they said they had to special order it because they didn't have any. =\
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:13 AM   #5
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Just curious, what car was this in
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:19 AM   #6
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That is a HELLA expensive cable. What kind of car was this??
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