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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushings) in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; I need some how much do you charge for the set...
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    Jimmy3 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    I need some how much do you charge for the set

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    I am having the same problem with my 05 CTS, very sloppy stick, no reverse, no second gear. Would you consider making the bushings for me? If you agree please let me know the cost and how many bushings I would need. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 454Casull View Post
    If it's under steady acceleration only, and not during coasting or initial acceleration, it's not the diff bushing, and probably not the flex discs either. When the flex discs start to go, you'll start to feel worsening noise and vibration when NOT on the gas pedal.
    So if I have my cts in park with no foot on pedal only idle and its vibrating really bad this could be the cause? Sorry I didn't quite get this

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    Hey folks,
    This fix is the real deal (thanks OP!). I just got my 6MT fixed (77K miles) with some delrin bushings I had machined to the dimensions specified in this thread. I had these bushings machined for free (it helps to have a friend who owns a machine shop) and he machined 5 for me...I obviously only used 2. If anyone wants the remaining 3 bushings to fix their 6MT, shoot me a PM with your mailing address and I'll get them out in the mail to you ASAP for free.

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    Hello sorry to bring up and old post but.... The Allan key on mine is not 4mm or 4.5mm and five is to big any help will be greatly appreciated.......

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    bon is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    First time poster because of this thread. Bought my first car out of school, a 2008 CTS manual and on the sixty day anniversary (temp plates expired is the only reason I know this) my shifter went loose and I lost reverse from those exact bushings failing. I followed this thread and made bushings that really look to be more durable than the stock bushings. Helped that I worked all of college in a machine shop and my boss still lets me turn the lathes after graduating! You saved me the $400+ Cadillac part and I owe you a beer OP

    That being said if enough people want those bushings machined I can help you out because I have access to a lathe and can turn them easily . I know this is an old thread but if someone searches and finds this post please pm me if you want bushings turned on a lathe, I am sure we can work something out.

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    I bought a 2006 Cadillac CTS with 112,000 miles, three years ago. It now has 142,000 miles. I love this car. It has the 3.6 liter engine, the six speed Aisin transmission and limited slip rear differential. It started clunking shortly after I bought it. I replaced the front differential bushing with the Creative Steel urethane bushing, which got rid of about half the clunking. Not long after the clunking started, it began to make a thumping noise while accelerating hard in first gear. This thumping gradually became worse over time.

    About a month ago, something broke in the shift mechanism that caused me not to be able to get the car into reverse. My research on CadillacForums.com revealed that there are a couple of plastic bushings that are a weak link, they break and fall out, and result in the shifter being loose and sloppy, to the point I was unable to get the car into reverse. CadillacForums’ user SX54DX has a great thread on how to fix this problem. He has the dimensions of the plastic bushings and how to make new bushings out of new sway bar bushings. I have a better solution. I bought brass bushings from FirstBronze, the part number CFM010016016. They didn’t have a bushing with the exact length, so I did have to grind the length down on a bench belt sander. As bronze is somewhat soft, it only took about 10 minutes to grind down each bushing. SX54DX dimensions are in English and the bronze bushings are in metric. I believe that standard metric dimensions are needed and the bushings I bought feel like an exact match with the exception of the length. Here are the dimensions: inside diameter 10mm, outside diameter 16mm, flange width 3mm, and overall length 16mm. The flange outside diameter is not critical, but it is 22mm. SX54DX has the overall length at 12mm, which I believe is fairly close, DON’T grind off too much length. When the length is getting close to what you think you need, try to install the link to see if it fits. When you get the shift link out of the car, you can insert the bushings and the link pin to see exactly how much length to grind off the bushings. I bought three bushings in case I messed one of them up. I suggest you do the same. The three bushings with shipping were about $40. SX54DX says that you can replace the bushings without removing the driveshaft and lowering the transmission. Maybe if you have really small hands you could, but I think it would be really difficult. I had trouble with my drive shaft, so I needed to remove the driveshaft anyway. I was able to replace the bushings without lower the rear of the transmission. The hardest part about removing the drive shaft is removing the exhaust, as you will almost certainly need to drill out the exhaust flange bolts, after you break off the old rusty flange bolts. Other than that the exhaust is fairly easy to remove, although I must admit that I had my car on a car lift. I replace the exhaust flange bolts with stainless steel bolts, 1.5 inch by 5/16”. They were just barely long enough, and you might be more comfortable with 2.0” long bolts. I used top lock nuts. SX54DX has some very good pictures of the process.

    A big shout-out to SX54DX for starting this post. How cool is a Cadillac with a manual transmission??!!

    I’m going to post about replacing my drive shaft as well, so if you have clunking noises or thumping noises, search for my posts.

    Best of Luck,
    Dan from Minnesota

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    Has anyone used the Creative Steel shifter bushings before?


    Cheaper than me going to a shop to have them machined, and more convenient than doing it myself. I'm about to pop the order but would like some feedback if possible.

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    I am fortunate or unfortunate enough to have the trans out to do this stuff, i have built some urethane bushing for the shift support bracket that mounts to the tranz
    out of the same bushings you used, the pin diameter is perfect fit, chucked the two halves up on a bolt then in my drill and spun the drill and ground them down to spec on the bench grinder with a 1in wide wheel, leave out the steel bushing ,hammer the pin back in after greasing.. firmed it all right up nice.

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    I have an 05' with 75k. Sloppy bushing left the wife stranded... twice. Looking for a quick order, got the creative steel units. Nice hard derlin (or something similar) (not like a the energy suspension). Dropped right in. Had whole thing done in about an hour. Shifts like it's supposed to now. $25 plus shipping, get them in about 2 days. I highly recommend.

    -Lenard (first post ever here)

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    Re: "No Reverse" fix for Aisin 6 speed manual (3.6L) - HOW-TO w/pics - (Shifter bushi

    Worked for my 09 CTS... I just used two nylon bushings from McMaster-Carr which were near-net-shape, and modified them slightly. Shifter action is slick & tight, and it goes in Reverse now! I also ordered two of the bushings from Creative Steel as backups.

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