It is the shift selector that shows that the shift selector cable has been moved by the driver to put the transmission into the proper gear. Automatic and manual transmission vehicles differ from each other as automatic ones have only a single and the manual ones two cables running from the transmission to the shifter assembly. Both the transmission vehicles display the same signs when there’s a problem with shift selector cable. Below are those signs that tell you it is time to replace the shift cable bushing located at the interior end of the cable around the base of the gear shifter.
You will notice that if there’s something wrong with the shift selector cable, the indicator cable or light won’t correspond with the gear you’re in. For instance, the indicator will say that you are in park when you have moved from park to drive. This happens when the cable has stretched to a point that it stops moving to the right spot. You need to replace it at one point as it continues to get affected and stretched over the course of your vehicle’s journey. When this happens, it is best to have a shift cable bushing kit as it allows you to quickly and effectively deal with auto trans shift cable bushing issue.
Trouble Turning Off The Vehicle
Another indication of trouble with the shift selector cable is that you will not be able to get the key out of the ignition or switch off the vehicle. In certain vehicles, you won’t be able to turn the key unless the vehicle is in park. This poses a hazardous situation as you are unaware of what gear you’re in as you’re trying to switch off the car.
Vehicle’s In Different Gear At The Starting
Your vehicle should not be starting in any other gear than park or neutral. If it does, then there’s an issue that needs to be looked at. There can be two issues behind this, one could be shift interlock solenoid and the other could be shift selector cable. The two issues are known for causing the same symptoms so you need to be check what the real issue is.
Unable To Put The Vehicle Into Gear
One more sign of issue with the shift selector cable is that you will not be able to move the gear selector after the you start the vehicle and attempt to shift the vehicle into gear. This could be down to the cable being broken or overly stretched.