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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sad Shifter just came off in my hand!!!

Greetings!

Allow me to start off by saying that dodgeintrepid.net is fantastic. I just found the website today and have spent the past hour or so trolling through all of the information here.

There are two parts to my post, an introduction and my problem..

I live close to Toronto, Ontario and drive a 1998 Chrysler Intrepid ES (I should probably post some pics up, I'm very proud of my car :bigsmile: ) Since owning this car, I have very few problems and really enjoy driving Chrysler vehicles.

Yesterday, the temp in Toronto dropped to about -25 or so. Usually when it gets this cold, I have a problem shifting my car into gear. It almost feels like the shifter is frozen. Normally, after I apply some additional strength, it will pop into gear and I'm good to go.

I got into my car yesterday and the same thing happened. Only this time, the shifter wasn't budging. I applyed a little more pressure to coax it out of the "Park" position....and..sure enough...the shifter popped off and into my hand.

Scared the heck out of me!

After realizing that nothing had actually "broken", I put the shifter back on the exposed shifter rod, but now I can't put my car into any gear at all!

The shifter moves through all of the gears, but the car doesn't actually "shift" into gear....I don't know what to do! I've tried removing the Allen screw, putting the shifter back on and then screwing in the Allen screw..but that doesn't seem to work!

Any ideas of what might have happened would be greatly appreciated and thanks for taking the time to read my problem!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 10:39 PM
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Sounds like a bent or frozen piece of linkage under the car going to the transmission that you probably broke off (hopefully nothing more serious than a cotter pin) when you "coaxed" it the last time. Bet it shifts smoothly now, doesn't it!!
Betcha just your luck the car is outside, and not in a garage, is it?!!? Any chance you have 7 yr warranty? Elsewise either freeze crawling under the car to see what happened (look under the hood first, you may be able to see something from there with the help of a friend) or have it towed in to get fixed, I guess.
Anyway, welcome to the site and I'm sure there will be other suggestions coming along soon.
It's just as cold here in Buffalo...
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 10:55 PM
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Oh, Wow, is my age showing or what!! I forgot, our newer cars have CABLE shifters. I bet your cable froze and it broke on one end or the other.
I'm afraid there is no "easy" fix for that, but if you are mechanically inclined it's not too bad of a job. Start by disassembling your console...
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Hello bongobobny,

Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated..

To answer a few of your questions:

- Yes, it does seem to shift with ease now!
- The car is outside, unfortunately
- I purchased an extended "GM Optimum Used Vehicle Protection Plan" from the dealership, when I purchased the car, and I'm still covered by that
- I'm not completely mechanically inclined, but I can fumble my way around an engine and underbelly of a car.

Thanks for the welcome!

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-25-2004, 12:17 AM
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welcome to the boards! i recently just dissected a shifter assembly from our cars, and it sounds like something was either screwy or borken with the cable that leads into the assembly, or that little shaft inside it, not tha main shaft.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-25-2004, 03:07 AM
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GM protection plan on a Chrysler Intrepid :crazy:

Lee Iococca is gonna put a curse on your car




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I'd start inside the car, take the console off to check the cable connection to the shifter. The plastic eye may have come off the pin, the adjuster lock may be defective, or the horshoe clip may have come off the cable sheath. Any of the 3 will be evident if you get the console off and move the shifter.
If not, the input actuator is a vertical rod, on the upper surface of the left, rear of the tranny.
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hey avenger, didnt Lee Iococca already curse the 1st gen intrepids? wasn't he Mr. "Cab Forward"?

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