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The PO put a 997 shifter in my 996. It's in perfect condition. I dissembled my console, no prob there.

I bought the alignment tool. I get that it plums the shifter in the exact correct neutral position.

Now, what method to adjust the cables?

I'm guessing ...

count/mark/photograph the current cable positions/notches (In case I bork it)

Disconnect both.

Shorten them one or two notches

Try reconnecting until they just fit, increasing one notch at a time as I go. ?

Again, this is a guess..

If anyone really knows, I'd appreciate the input

Thanks

Jeff

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Real simple:

- Disconnect both cables at the spring loaded connectors when the shifter is in neutral position

- Put alignment tool to lock the shifter in neutral

- Reconnect the cables. They will fall in the correct position automatically

BTW, the white alighment tool in the pic seems to be for the 996 stock shifter but I could be wrong. The 997 stock shifter tool is green and looks a little differently to me...you will see find out anyway if it's not (it won't fit).

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The cables don't adjust themselves once you reconnect them. However, you align the cables by putting the gearbox in neutral, locking the shifter in neutral, and then reconnect the cables. You may want to check at the transmission side under the car how the cables are connected to it. The cables may be knocked out of the metal brackets and also the cable ends (sockets) could have worn and created extra play.

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The cables don't adjust themselves once you reconnect them. However, you align the cables by putting the gearbox in neutral, locking the shifter in neutral, and then reconnect the cables. You may want to check at the transmission side under the car how the cables are connected to it. The cables may be knocked out of the metal brackets and also the cable ends (sockets) could have worn and created extra play.

Thanks, I'm going to do that today.

I ordered the tool for the 996 shifter tool before I took the console apart, I didn't know I had a 997 shifter. So you are right... the 997 one is green. Oh well.. I have a spare now!

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Forgot to mention, you should disconnect the cables at the spring loaded connectors and when reconnecting the cables (as shown in post #3 here). Do not push or pull the cables. Just let the male ends (with threads) "fall" naturally into the spring loaded receving ends for the threads to engage.

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Hi Can you please give me the part no. for the green 997 alignment tool as I'm struggling to find it as a separate item in the U.K.Thks Kurt

I ordered 000-721-961-91 Kurt. The 996 one was one digit less 000-721-961-90

I'm picking it up today, so I will be able to verify it later.

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Have you confirmed under the car that the cables are properly secured to the transmission? It is possible the "locking" prongs on the shifter cables have come undone or loose.

Good idea.. When I jack it up this weekend, I'm going to check that too..

Thanks

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