Owning a car is a great feeling in itself and when the car is manufactured by Saturn, the feeling turns into a wave of enormous love for the car. If you own a Saturn car, be it an S- series model or any other make, you may very well understand what we are talking about.
To ensure that your pride stays in tip-top condition forever, you need to take care of every minor issue that may arise. And if you have been noticing problems shifting gears, it’s a good sign that you may need to replace Saturn shift cable bushing. To help you do it yourself, here is a step-by-step guide for you:
Step 1 - Disconnect the Shift Cable from the Shifter
First, you need to disconnect the damaged Saturn shift cable bushing. To do so, lift the edge of the rubber boot covering the base of the shifter. Once you do it, you will know where the cable connects to the shifting arm. Often, there is a nut that holds the end in place, and an anchor mounting closeby locking the sleeve from moving. In some models, you need to remove the center console to access the mechanics. Whatever is the case with your car, make sure you remember how you remove it so that you don’t face trouble when reattaching it. Unscrew the nut and slide the sleeve out of its mounting anchor to get close to the shift cable.
Step 2 - Disconnect the Shift Cable from the Engines Control Arm
If you look inside the engine compartment, you should be able to see where the cable connects to the shifting arm. Remove the nut and slide the sleeve as you did on the shifter. That said, it’s important to ensure that the damage is on the Saturn shift cable bushing and not on the anchor arm. If it’s the other way around, you may need to replace the arm, not the cable shift. Once you are sure that the shift cable is broken, remove it and get ready to connect the new one.
Step 3 - Connect the New Cable
Once you have removed the damaged Saturn shift cable bushing, all you need to do is reverse the process. This means that your need to reconnect the new cable with the shifting arm, slide the sleeve into its anchor, screw the nut. Replace the rubber boot to cover the base of the shifter or console. Once done, place everything back into the place and get ready to see your results.
Step 4 - Check for Functionality
Test your Saturn shift cable bushing by shifting the gears. Make sure that the shift cable is hitting the gears properly before taking your car out on the road.
In a nutshell
Replacing your Saturn or Chevrolet Trailblazer shift cable bushing doesn’t have to be challenging, provided you know how to do it. The aforementioned guide will help you properly replace your broken shift cable, and get back on the road.