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Straspec

! Stuck in 3rd, Shifter Feels Disconnected, Cannot move Left-Right

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Today a lovely soccer mom on a cell cut me off coming out of the supermarket driveway and I was in 3rd then about 300 ft. down there was a stop sign so I slowed down (brake and tried to downshift) and my shifter then felt like it disconnected from the tranny and I could not engage another gear but was stuck in 3rd. I slowly pulled off to the side and found that my shifter would not move side to side or left to right, and cannot get out of 3rd gear. So I had a friend pick me up and went and got tools and I took apart the center console and discovered that the shifter linkage the green cable with blue linkage on the left that allows the shifter to move back and forth will not retract into its sleeve. The black cable on the right will move and retract into the sleeve and go up and down, but the other will not. I tried taking the shifter apart to verify its not the B&M SSK thats the problem, but its the cable itself. Anyone have this problem? I cannot move the car and can only slip the clutch or burn it (which I do not want to do) to move it.

its the silver metal rod that wont retract into the blue sleeve (so the shifter cannot move side to side)

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thanks for the pic rockitman

Suggestions and advice are appreciated!

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is it that the linkage between the cable and the shifter is broken? maybe you need an Evo billet shift linkage?

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Its not the shifter linkage that connects to the shifter itself. Its the silver cable metal rod that goes into the linkage spring that will not retract into the sleeve toward the rear of the car.

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I wonder if the problem may be under the car, on the transmission driver side near the rear wheels. The cables connect to a linkage, and have two places they could come loose, first the spring clip that connects to the linkage, then the ball that connects to the linkage. Here is a diagram, you have to remove the rear cover to see them, but if they are loose or off, it will be obvious.

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I wonder if the problem may be under the car, on the transmission driver side near the rear wheels. The cables connect to a linkage, and have two places they could come loose, first the spring clip that connects to the linkage, then the ball that connects to the linkage. Here is a diagram, you have to remove the rear cover to see them, but if they are loose or off, it will be obvious.

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OK I took a look under the car nothing was loose or disconnected, but the cable "A" was severed (so thats why the shifter feels disconnected...). I don't know how this happened but the cable itself is broken. The shifter won't move side to side because its still stuck in 3rd gear. Anyone know the part number and how to install the cable "A?" by chance?

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Glad you found it, sorry it is severed. Is it broken or just came off? I have had it loose, but not broken. Sorry, can't help you there.

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Its completely severed, I took a look at cable wire and it looks like it slowly jiggled around in the tube casing and slowly came apart, and eventually completely broke. I noticed recently that shifting was weird at some times, but then it went back to normal and now its not connected. I will try and fix it myself, it doesnt look too difficult. I just hope they have the part in stock locally...

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Wow, that is an interesting failure mode. Angry girlfriends, wife, kids, or pissed off OJ recently?

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LOL yea it was OJ... they caught him trying to steal my transmission along with the memorabilia in vegas! Thanks for the tips Izzy I did check the points in the diagram (pictures are worth a 1000 words!) and I found the issue.

I went under the car and pulled the bottom black lever in the middle position and it went into neutral so I got it towed to my house so I can work on it. It was unnerving having cars drive past me 5 feet away at 30 mph while I am under my car trying to fix the d4mn thing. I'm going to call porsche and see if I can get the part # for the cable attachment and latch. I do not think it will be a complicated fix.

Anyone know it by chance?

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LOL yea it was OJ... they caught him trying to steal my transmission along with the memorabilia in vegas! Thanks for the tips Izzy I did check the points in the diagram (pictures are worth a 1000 words!) and I found the issue.

I went under the car and pulled the bottom black lever in the middle position and it went into neutral so I got it towed to my house so I can work on it. It was unnerving having cars drive past me 5 feet away at 30 mph while I am under my car trying to fix the d4mn thing. I'm going to call porsche and see if I can get the part # for the cable attachment and latch. I do not think it will be a complicated fix.

Anyone know it by chance?

It actually looks like the cable is disconnected by the shifter. You need the factory shift alignment tool, snap it on top of the shifter. Take the disconnected linkage and push the sleeve in and then turn counter clockwise. Put the linkage in the splines, the alignment tool will make sure your at the right splines. Make sure it snaps in all the way, then turn the sleeve back and it should snap completely over. If you can take a look at the short shifter install instructions, it covers it even though you don't have the kit. You are going to use the tool instead of marking the cable's depth in the spline.

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LOL yea it was OJ... they caught him trying to steal my transmission along with the memorabilia in vegas! Thanks for the tips Izzy I did check the points in the diagram (pictures are worth a 1000 words!) and I found the issue.

I went under the car and pulled the bottom black lever in the middle position and it went into neutral so I got it towed to my house so I can work on it. It was unnerving having cars drive past me 5 feet away at 30 mph while I am under my car trying to fix the d4mn thing. I'm going to call porsche and see if I can get the part # for the cable attachment and latch. I do not think it will be a complicated fix.

Anyone know it by chance?

It actually looks like the cable is disconnected by the shifter. You need the factory shift alignment tool, snap it on top of the shifter. Take the disconnected linkage and push the sleeve in and then turn counter clockwise. Put the linkage in the splines, the alignment tool will make sure your at the right splines. Make sure it snaps in all the way, then turn the sleeve back and it should snap completely over. If you can take a look at the short shifter install instructions, it covers it even though you don't have the kit. You are going to use the tool instead of marking the cable's depth in the spline.

CoreyNJ, where do you get the factory shift alignment tool? Do you happen to have a picture of it. I am also having transmission problem but not sure it's the clutch or the linkage. I want to check it out before I bring to the shop...if it's linkage problem then I probably will fix it myself. Thanks.

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I don't have a picture of the tool handy but it is a very cheap (a few dollars) part you can get from the dealer.

To check the shift alignment, you pull up the shift boot, put the car in neutral, and see if the plastic shift alignment tools snaps into place. If not, you have to remove the center console to adjust the cables.

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is it that the linkage between the cable and the shifter is broken? maybe you need an Evo billet shift linkage?

what are the benifits of the EVO Shift Link, i only use the car as a daily driver. do i need it with the B&M short shifter?

thanks,

Jacob

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is it that the linkage between the cable and the shifter is broken? maybe you need an Evo billet shift linkage?

what are the benifits of the EVO Shift Link, i only use the car as a daily driver. do i need it with the B&M short shifter?

thanks,

Jacob

the only benefit of the Evo shift linkage is that it is stronger and won't break. the short shifter will work either with or without it.

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