95 STS - Changing out Floor Shifter Assembly

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    elvisluvr08 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    95 STS - Changing out Floor Shifter Assembly

    I have had this caddy for about 5 years now, and for literally 3 of those years, I have had to use a screwdriver or pen to shift my car. The knob broke first, and I was just pushing down the little white thing instead. Then, on a really cold day, the plastic got brittle and broke off inside the outer casing. Now I have to shove a phillips screwdriver or a pen into the outer casing to push that little white peg down in order to shift my car. I would love to know how to change out the entire assembly to replace that little white peg inside, and where to find the parts to do so. The closest pick-a-part is an hour away, so if anyone knows of an online parts place that I could order from, that'd be great. I can't even find a diagram of the floor shifter assembly online. I'm completely stumped. Any ideas??

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    Submariner409 is offline If it won't run, chrome it
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    Re: 95 STS - Changing out Floor Shifter Assembly

    Your best bet would be to talk to Chris in parts at Rippy Cadillac, over there >>>>>>> Business hours, EDT

    He's not too far east of you - Wilmington, NC. Update your profie with your approximate location - it sure helps.

    Welcome Aboard !!!

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    Re: 95 STS - Changing out Floor Shifter Assembly

    Why exactly are you pushing the white peg with a screwdriver? Sounds like your shift handle (#1) is missing. Replace that and the retaining clip (#2) and you should be back in business.


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    MoistCabbage is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
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    Inside #3 is a white plastic... thing (it's a flexible plastic rod essentially, but each end is cylindrical, and the middle is joined balls, all one piece). If it's broken, grab one at a salvage yard. You can get the retaining clip for the knob at any GM dealer.

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    twrtoad is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: 95 STS - Changing out Floor Shifter Assembly

    I would think you could just go to the junk yard and get the whole mechanism. It probably bolts to the floor or something. Just unhook the two cables and pull it out.

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    Re: 95 STS - Changing out Floor Shifter Assembly

    Please read this thread:
    I see absolutely no reason what so ever to replace the whole mechanism just because the shifter knob is broken. Shifter knob replacement 1 minute, the whole mechanism will take the best part of 3h (done first time).
    The shifter knob picture is different shape than your (yours is the "T" type) but other than that is exactly the same as yours (same button, same mounting), the shifter knobs are 100% interchangeable so your options are:
    '92-95 Seville/Eldorado for the exact knob as yours (the "T" style)
    '96-97 Seville, '96-'02 Eldorado, '96-'99 Deville (w/floor shifter) for the other style shifter (so called "cobra head").
    '98+Seville and '00+Devile (available in wood or leather wrapped) are NOT compatible at all with yours, do not get one of those.
    Local wreck yards should have it, eBay definitely has it, local clasified (people parting out cars) also available.
    The price ranges from $20 to $100 depending on shape and your luck.
    There are at least 6 colors available (shale, red-ish beige, medium gray, dark blue, maroon and black).
    Keep reading the thread I provided above and you get also ideas on how to restore one (you need the plastic backing in good shape, some leather matching yours - for example use a head rest from a wreck yard - some thread and a bit of contact cement), oh yeah time, patience and skills.

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