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'01 5MT Gear Stick Isn't Working, Linkage? (video of problem)

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Old 25 Apr 2017, 07:17 pm
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Default '01 5MT Gear Stick Isn't Working, Linkage? (video of problem)

Update: problem identified / fixed

2001 PT Cruiser limited edition, manual transmission, 98,000 miles.

Today while driving the gear stick all of a sudden became loose forwards and backwards. Car was in third gear, remained in third gear as I coasted into a store's parking spot.

The gear stick is completely loose moving forward and backward, no resistance, not shifting anything. The gear stick will not move left or right. The car is stuck in third gear.

Any ideas? Is this something I can fix relatively easily in a parking lot or will I need to end up getting it towed to my home or (if not an easy fix) to a mechanic?


I took a short (six second) video showing the problem, now on youtube:

Edit: Found the exact problem, with solution, on Youtube:

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Old 25 Apr 2017, 09:44 pm
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Default Re: '01 5MT Gear Stick Isn't Working, Linkage? (video of problem)

Shift cable bushings were $23 at O'Reillys (Autozone said they didn't carry them?). Before and after pictures are also attached. Hardest part was getting the center console up / remember to disconnect rear window switches.

To lift up the shroud around the gear stick pop it up from the back (towards the rear of the car), there is a tab under the front portion.

Anyway, problem solved.
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Old 26 Apr 2017, 07:02 am
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Default Re: '01 5MT Gear Stick Isn't Working, Linkage? (video of problem)

Good to hear you got it fixed. I buy about 95% of my parts from O'Reilly nowadays. I have had to go to the other two most popular a few times, but only if I need it the same day.

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