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Old 13 Jan 2012, 07:10 pm
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Hi folks!

So approx 1 year after Ive purchased petey a small issue ive noticed for months has finally warranted a solution.

In a nutshell, my manual pt for months has had a problem shifting into reverse. Sometimes requiring you to play with the shifter to get it to work just right.

Well for the past few days its been gettin near impossible to shift into reverse and in fact, 30 mins ago I was stuck trying to reverse from my house for over an hour. Once in reverse you can back up very smoothly, so im not thinking its a tranny issue... All other gears work dandy!

I am curious as to if everyone agrees with the idea that I need to replace my bushings (and these bushings are found under the air box right?)

And what exactly are bushings and what do they do? And if it wasnt them what else could it be?

The car has 105000 on it.

Appreciate the help guys! Cant wait to see some of you at a pt show!
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Old 14 Jan 2012, 10:03 am
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Yank your battery and you will see the grommets with bushings pressed in, you will have to go to TU or aftermarker vendors since Chrysler sells the whole cable

http://turbosunleashed.com/shop/poly...rt4-p-272.html

http://turbosunleashed.com/shop/poly...568-p-275.html
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I just put these Booger bushings on mine. They have it for any PT and Neon in any color.

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Alright, so it sounds like everyone agrees, bushings should be the issue?

And are they hidden? If so why would one need different colors... Just wondering
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Old 14 Jan 2012, 01:11 pm
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Booger Bushings FTW!

They're not so hidden on a Neon, which used the same rubber disintegrating bushings as a PT- Note the 'Green' is actually 'Nitro Yellow Green' a much sought after 1995 only color.

Jeff Ball (aka The 'Boogerman') sells these, he's a no-risk seller and great guy!
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Here is a pic, remove the battery and the battery tray. THe shifter cables is under the electrical distribution box right lower corner about an inch up.. You might have to shift the car to get the cables into a area where you can swap the bushings out.

Note I was visiting the local store last year, they were replacing the whole cable in a PT because they didnt know you could buy just the bushings since Chyrsler does not offer them.
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Alright, I ordered the red ones. 22 bucks, not bad... I have been noticing that when in gears my pt shifter moves like 5 inches side to side, so im confident that its the bushings... Hopefully its not the cables.. Regardless how long should I expect these new bushings to last and roughly how long and what kind of tools are needed to do this job
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Dill, Booger's are a 'forever' item.

Jeff will gladly send you others if they fail, but out of millions of installs, I've NEVER seen one fail.

You'll need crude tools, nothing as sophisticated as a Hammer.

A couple of prybars, if they have a 90 degree bend it would be great.
The shift arms are mild steel, it's EZ to bend them,

You could use a channel lock to 'press' them on. There's a little channel in shift arm post top that the booger locks into, so it can't come off.

You may also replace bushings under the console.

You won't need cables. ever. There's plastic ends that break during over enthusiastic shifting, but people simply use 'kyle ends':

www.neons.org - How To: Stronger Shifter Cables

I can help you with a kyle end 'Kit' in the RARE case such breakage would occur, or just install on your cables if you ship them.



I have used PT cables should anyone need them for a manual conversion.

Last, if you change all four bushings, you'll feel compelled to write, 'WOW!" in thread.
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Well i am assuming I am getting all four and I do need to remove my center console anyway to install a switch thats been laying around for a month. I left my haynes in PA when I moved so id be working blind without detailed instructions but ill survive!

Even if it doesnt fix the reverse problem ill still be glad I did it
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