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2001 v6 toyota highlander shift cable snapped w/pics


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defender0802
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Jun 24, 2012, 9:43 PM

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hey everyone,

im new here but i kinda need help with this issue my car is having. My 2001 toyota highlanders shift cable at the transmission has snapped off leaving just the connecting part on the transmission and the metal rod that connected to it. It seems to have broken right at where they meet and i was wondering what exactly needs to be replaced? the whole shift cable or just the bushing on the transmission lever? I called 2 places and they werent very helpful. Firestone for one wanted me to pay $350 for the cable and another $150 in labor for the job without even seeing the car!










Sidom
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Jun 24, 2012, 11:10 PM

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You will need to replace the whole cable, from the shifter inside to the transmission. This is a pretty straight forward job so most places will be able to give you a price over the phone without looking at it.






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Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 25, 2012, 9:27 AM

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? Am I seeing cracked metal parts in those pics?

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defender0802
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Jun 25, 2012, 4:54 PM

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it feels like the bottom part which you can see in pictures 2 and 3 is plasticy, im not sure if thats the case just because that seems like an odd place to use a plastic part but it very well could be metal.

Would anyone have any ideas of a fix other than spending the money on a whole new shift wire? maybe a spring attached to the pole and bolted onto the lever or a wire bolted onto the lever and the pole?

I only ask because as it is now, i can shift it into D, neutral D2 and what not by putting something on my cars break while the e-brake is on and shift it by pulling up on the lever attached to the transmission as pictured and while driving once i want to park, all i have to do is pull the shifter down and then push it into park which is the highest point on the shifter and the pole actually lines up and catches onto the lever without me having to get out of the car it shifts into park normally.

Idk maybe thats just wishful cheap thinking but i figured i would ask.


nickwarner
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Jun 26, 2012, 5:24 PM

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You're going to leave a hell of a funeral bill for your family. Buy the cable and install it yourself and you save some cash. Eventually whatever you're putting on the brake pedal is going to pop off and your truck is going to drive over you.


Sidom
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Jun 26, 2012, 8:36 PM

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No doubt you could "Macgyver" something and it would work. Between duct tape, zip ties, baying wire, a drill & a pack of juicy fruit, I'm sure something could be rigged up......The only problem with these jury rigged jobs is they always fail at the worst possible time for you.....never fail......

Nick is right though.....That is such a bad idea, manually putting a running vehicle into gear with no one in the cab.

Bite the bullet and fix it right......They actually aren't that bad to do, once you have access to the shifter inside...






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(This post was edited by Sidom on Jun 26, 2012, 8:36 PM)




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