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Old 08-26-2019, 08:32 AM   #1
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9-5 Automatic Shift Linkage Repair

If your 9-5 with an automatic transmission has sloppy shifting, or no shifting out of / into park with the shifter moving, then your shifter linkage bushing is likely worn out / falling apart. (if the shifter will NOT move, then this is NOT your issue). On my last 3 9-5's, I have found that my linkage bushing was completely separated from the linkage and was only shifting because of it's position inside the bracket. You can usually pull them right off.

Luckily, a company called Bushing Fix has made a durable, cost effective, and easy to install solution made of silicone.


To install:

Locate the shifter linkage on top of the transmission within the driver side of the engine bay. It will be tucked between the battery tray and engine block.

Separate the linkage by pulling up on the bushing. It will likely come apart with the center still on the transmission.

To have adequate space to be able to work on the linkage, you'll want to separate it completely from the transmission. The first step is removing the metal clip on top of the linkage.

The clip is easily removed by prying up on it with a flathead screwdriver

Once the clip is removed, the next step is pushing the two tabs inward while also pushing the linkage towards the back of the car. It will slide out and pop out the back of the bracket on the transmission. Now you can lift the linkage up out of the engine bay to work on it.

Before you can install the new bushing, you have to remove the remnants of the old one. I had good luck using a razor blade to cut out chunks of the old material and picking at it with needle nose pliers

Once the bracket is free of all of the old bushing, you're ready to install the new silicone bushing. Orient the indentation on the silicone bushing with the corresponding indentation on the bracket

Use a flat head to push the two little ears down first, then use the horizontal screwdriver slot to drive the bushing the rest of the way into the bracket

Flip the silicone bushing over and apply a small amount of grease (provided in kit)

Reinstall the linkage by pushing it back through the bracket on the transmission and reinstall the metal clip. Press the new bushing onto the ball on the transmission and you're all set

My experience has been a much more crisp shifting through gears and long lasting reliability. Really glad these silicone bushings are available to us.

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