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I messed up, plz help me out

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Idea I messed up, plz help me out Reply with quote

My 05 Impala base 3.4 with column shifter wouldn't shift out of park. I tried a couple times to turn the car off and then back on as that has helped out before.. I was going to be late to work again because of this and in a bit of frustration I pulled the shifter pretty hard and it came loose, and now just slides freely and doesnt change gears.. Can someone help give me advide on what I possibly broke? I took the dash apart but can't seem to figure out how to take apart the 2 pieces of plastic that house the steering column apart to really see what I've done so some help there would be nice too.. Thanks in advance guys...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Could be a transmission shift linkage. I don't know a lot about the transmissions in our cars and mine is a console shifter.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It does sound like you broke the cable going to the transmission shifter which is located on the top of the rear of the transmission. It's hard to get at.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Grrrr !  Reply with quote

This is what broke.. Don't even know how to go about getting it replaced, then I have to fix whatever stopped me from being able to shift... I'm such an idiot.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:57 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Shocked X2 i'd say a broken cable is the least of your worries right now. cast chinese pot metal isn't designed to be stressed, it's only for looks. i'm thinking junkyard steering column....... and you can fix your ISS problem while you're at it, even if you don't have one yet. you will. goooood luck. peace, john

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Shocked X2 i'd say a broken cable is the least of your worries right now. cast chinese pot metal isn't designed to be stressed, it's only for looks. i'm thinking junkyard steering column....... and you can fix your ISS problem while you're at it, even if you don't have one yet. you will. goooood luck. peace, john


What is this ISS problem you speak of? I have a '05 impala as well, and the number of issues/problems on my list is growing exponentially these past few months and would like to stay on top of other potentials.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have a question... What caused you to yank on the shifter? I have been on a hill without the ebrake set, and while it was tougher than usual to shift out of park, I was still able to do it without too much pressure. I am just wondering because this is the first time I have seen something like this.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Shocked X2 i'd say a broken cable is the least of your worries right now. cast chinese pot metal isn't designed to be stressed, it's only for looks. i'm thinking junkyard steering column....... and you can fix your ISS problem while you're at it, even if you don't have one yet. you will. goooood luck. peace, john


What is this ISS problem you speak of? I have a '05 impala as well, and the number of issues/problems on my list is growing exponentially these past few months and would like to stay on top of other potentials.


ISS is the intermediate steering shaft, and when it goes bad you will get a noticeable clunk in the steering wheel as you turn it from side to side, mostly felt under slow speeds. the search feature will give you all sorts of great stories. your car isn't going to crash from it by any stretch, it's more a minor irritant than anything. fixes are easy, from simply lubing it all the way to a full replacement. i've lubed mine with lithium grease and a clever tubing setup. like i said, you have bigger fish to fry with that steering column. keep us up to date on your trials and tribulations. peace, john

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