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Old 28 Nov 2017, 09:12 pm
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2008 PT base coupe. Automatic trans.

I have changed a few shift cables in PT's before but never ran across this ..

I routed the new cable and tried to hook it to the transmission shift lever. The cable is about 1/8" too short. With the trans in park, the cable not hooked to the shifter but fully extended it comes up just shy of hooking up.

When I move the transmission shift lever enough to hook up the cable it still feels like it's in park but it won't start and I can't remove the key. I've triple checked everything but can't figure it out.

I currently have the shifter in park, the shift cable adjuster loose and the cable mounting bracket that attaches to the transmission unbolted so I could get the car in park and remove the key.

Any thoughts?
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Old 28 Nov 2017, 10:02 pm
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Do you have a copy of the Service Manual?

If not, I sent you a PM with a link to download a copy of it from my DropBox. Page #5995, 21-524 explains how to install the cable.
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Old 28 Nov 2017, 10:44 pm
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Where did you buy the new shift cable?


Here is an Gearshift cable adjustment for a 2006 Pt Cruiser. I would suggest trying the cable adjustment procedure.

Loosen set screw and remove knob from shifter handle.

Remove the center console assembly.

Adjust gearshift cable as follows:

1. Place gearshift lever in the PARK (P) position.
2. Loosen shift cable adjustment screw.
3. Move transaxle manual lever to the PARK. Verify transaxle is in PARK by attempting to roll vehicle in either direction.
4. Tighten shift cable adjustment screw to 8 Nm (70 inch lbs.) torque.

Verify proper cable adjustment. Engine should start with the shifter lever in PARK (P) and NEUTRAL (N) positions ONLY.

Install center console assembly .

Install gearshift knob and tighten set screw to 2 Nm (17 inch lbs.) torque.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 02:02 pm
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The shift cable is from Rock Auto - Dorman #RB-924-711

The cable adjustment doesn't apply since the cable is not connected to the shifter yet.

The cable is installed properly with no kinks or binds and moves smoothly inside the housing. The issue is that the amount of travel of the cable is not sufficient to reach the transmission shift linkage by about 1/8"

The old cable was seized and the old shifter was broken where the cable attaches due to the previous owner trying to force the car into gear.

I am going to play with it a bit more today and see what I can come up with.
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 03:21 pm
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The adjustment part is on the cable. Depending on where they tightened it at that factory, it may be at the minimum, but if you loosen it and extend it to the maximum, that may give you the extra length that you need to attach both ends.

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Have you compared the length of the old shift cable to the new shift cable?
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Old 29 Nov 2017, 09:16 pm
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Bad cable? Not a shifter cable, but, some time ago I got a parking brake cable from RockAuto. It was a Raybestos brand. When I installed it, the cable length was way off, about 1" too short. It was a Saturday and I needed to finish the job. I ended up with a hack job, but it works. From that experience I would try to go with OEM cables only.
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Hi Guys, thanks for the help.

I compared the cables but there was no noticeable differences. It was as if the travel of the cable was just a bit less with the new one though.

I loosened the arm on the transmission and it had a little bit of movement so I turned it as far as I could towards the firewall and then re-tightened it. I also loosened the bracket that the housing attaches to on the transmission and moved it as towards the radiator as far as it would go. In both cases it was just a fraction of an inch but it appears to have solved my problem.

If the problem comes back I will go buy a cable from the dealer.

Thanks again.

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