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    Default Shift Cable Repair

    I recently found out my shift cable end was missing the bushing that secured it to the trans as shown in picture 1. My shifter had alot of play in it, and made engaging gears sometimes difficult. I received a helpful tip from another CEG'er to use some 5/16" washers (I used a total of 3) and a metal retaining clip to secure it. I also found some stiff rubber hose and cut it to length to fit snuggly inside of the plastic shift cable end. This eliminated all of the play, see picture 2. All said and done, this fix works wonders. My shifter feels great again, without any slack. I guess I could have bought the new bushings from ford and swapped them over, but this seems to work just as well. Total cost = $5.00

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    Thanks for sharing. Necessity is the mother of invention. That looks like as good of a repair can be found.
    Jim Johnson
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    Default I posted in a reply to another thread

    I posted in a reply to another thread but I had an extra set of sway bar end link bushings laying around and cut one down to fit * side to side shift cable * and there is no play there either I used a plastic epoxy some of the 5 minute stuff which made it stick to the inside of the plastic sleeve pretty well, since the inside diameter was a tight fit I secured the outside with two zip strips worked like a charm for me. May do the front to back section tomorrow even though it doesn't look or feel to bad.
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    It will work until you get a new end link. Still too much play IMO.
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    if you look straight down from the brake fluid resivour, will you see this bolt?
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    I just got a new cable end. I think my dealer wanted $13 and I talked him down to $10. I think bill jenkins has them for like $7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S2Knott View Post
    if you look straight down from the brake fluid resivour, will you see this bolt?
    Can't say for sure without looking, and my car isn't with me right now, but I don't think you can, too much stuff above it. Just take the wheel off.
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    my shift cable bushing broke off tonight and left me stranded and unable to get into gear so I found a washer and used a zip tie. No problems since.

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    Don't consider the zip tie as anything other than temporary.
    Jim Johnson
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    I have been having the same prob with my most recent CSVT till today. Got it up in the air and work and sure enough that first pic in this thread was what I had. I actally made a new bushing kinda sorta with a old fuel line discconect and some rubber tape around it. Slid right into place and with a Cotter pin on the end I'm back to good as new. No 2 inches of front to back shifter play anymore!
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