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    Aisberg is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Question The manual shift indicator

    Hello guys!
    I need a little help.
    I want to replace the manual shift indicator (Range Switch) that located inside the transmission on my CTS 2003 on the next weekend. Does anyone have any manuals how to do this?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Aisberg is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: The manual shift indicator

    Guys? somebody?

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    Re: The manual shift indicator

    Ok I've been doing a lot of research into our transmission it's called the 5L40E... search for this with rebuild manual and you should find pdf.

    - why do you think we need a new shift range switch. My D light would go out on mine and the range switch was fine... after lots of reading and testing, it's been narrowed down to the TCC solenoid and the speed sensors. The transmission goes into a safety mode that locks out 5th gear when the TCC goes out.

    Please describe your issues.

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    Re: The manual shift indicator

    The car is having a hard time recognizing P. When a car turned off, the gear indicator is not light up, and then it wouldn't release the key from the ignition. (Error Codes I do not remember now.)
    The car is also started, but it will not recognize that the car is in Drive and while driving car, the gearbox can randomly switch from D to 2,3.. etc. Just imagine, you're going about 60-70 km / h (37-43 mph) and transmission switches to 2...
    or when you need to start with a traffic light and the transmission thinks that you would be better to start moving on the 5th gear.
    After searching on the forum I found out that "teesee150" had the same problem. He replaced the manual shift indicator (Range Switch) (the part number from AC Delco is: 96042540 ) and took care of all the problems.
    Now I have a 5L40E rebuild manual. I will report the results after replacing.

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    Kingoftypos is offline Cadillac Owners Master
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    Re: The manual shift indicator

    Before you do all of that hard work. Try re-seatting the set bolt.

    You'll have to lift the car, preferable evenly so all 4 wheels are off the ground. Hopefully on an actual lift.

    On the passenger side, if I recall correctly, there is a shaft that comes down from the shifter. On the far end, closest to the ground, there is a bolt. From there there's another linkage that goes to the transmission. That linkage has an eye hook, so that it can be adjusted. Seeing how it's a 10 year old car, that adjustment could be a bit off. It will be a little trial and error to get it just right. But it's far easier and cheaper than replacing something.

    It happened to me in my 06. But that was because I had a head on crash and it some how made that adjustment a bit off. I had to press the shifter forward in Park to make it see that it was actually in park. And when it in Drive, it actually shown that it was in Neutral.

    KOT

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