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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Loose Shifter Linkage???? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Just did mine this evening , about 30-45min job. I used a piece of fuel hose cut in half long ...
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    Just did mine this evening , about 30-45min job. I used a piece of fuel hose cut in half long ways,then cut the width the same as linkage. Then put TWO flat water hose washers on EACH side of linkage and it made it very snug and tight fit to where it linkage cant swing without force. Will get pictures if anyone wants them. Thabks to Fellow guys that helped out

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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    I too have the shifter linkage problem,how did you access it? From removing the shifter itself ?

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    I jacked up the passenger side, crawled underneath looked on the right passenger side of tranny, there is a shaft/nut and a rod that connects to.the shifterlever coming out of the floor pan. Then un screwed the 10mm nut let it hang.and with one hand held the connecting rod and with a 13mm wrench unbolted the rod that.connects to the tranny..

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    Pics would be awesome!

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    This weekend cause I got school and am loaded with work. Sorry

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    No problem,i figured it out, it was pretty easy!

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    Sounds alot better ey. Now I just have to fix the rear clunk when I press and release the gas and front squeky noise. And any other bushings I can buy.

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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    Quote Originally Posted by 956Caddy View Post
    I jacked up the passenger side, crawled underneath looked on the right passenger side of tranny, there is a shaft/nut and a rod that connects to.the shifterlever coming out of the floor pan. Then un screwed the 10mm nut let it hang.and with one hand held the connecting rod and with a 13mm wrench unbolted the rod that.connects to the tranny..
    I replaced my shift rod with the correct adjustable one. The shifting has been sloppy ever since. So, I jacked the car up and revisited the installation. I discovered that the adjustable piece was shipped and installed loose so it could be adjusted when installing. I then tightened the nut - 10mm- and she works like a new one. Be sure to tighten that item or it will shift sloppy.

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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    Sounds like some fraudulent shop did some motor mounts.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sgm975 View Post
    I have a 2005 Cadillac STS with 33,000 miles, just dropped it off in the shop yesterday. Same noise, was the transmisison linkage cable and engine mounts. I bought an extended warranty with the car and thank god it's getting picked up by them. The car also has a small coolant leak. It's very odd because my car has always been garaged, no accidents, with all maintenance done and no after market parts. I love my Cadillac but I just can't believe at 33,000 Miles it can have these problems.

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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    Thank you for this thread! This is exactly the information i was looking for!
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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    I have the same problem with my 06 SRX at 63,000 miles. Local dealer will fix it for about 1400 bucks - I told him what I thought of that and will shop for a better deal -

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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    I replaced mine with these and it worked fine. The one on the shifter is a little bit tough because you have to grind the old rivet off but its doable.

    http://www.amazon.com/DORMAN-924-600...ywords=924-600

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    Re: Loose Shifter Linkage????

    Fixed mine, finally, last weekend.

    Total cost: $0

    I'm quite happy with figuring out how to fix this one, with stuff I literally had laying around in the garage. My method requires no new rivets, no removing the old rivet, and the entire process took about an hour, from jacking the car up to having it back down on the ground.

    Jack up the front and put her on stands high enough so you can roll/scoot to the middle of the car. The front nut, the acorn nut, is a 12MM. The rear, which attaches to the gearshift, is a 10MM, and you don't need a deep socket for it.

    The routing is super simple, however, make a mental note of orientation, left side versus right side. I mean, it'll be obvious if you put it back while flipped over, because the mounting holes won't be remotely close to where they should be.

    Once you've got it out, take a used mountain bike innertube and if you cut it with scissors across the tube, you should find the side which is opposite the valve stem, the area which faces the tire when installed, is much thicker than the rim side.

    Snip out a piece of the thick side which is as wide as the shaft of the rivet and will go all the way around once you force it in there.

    Now, get a little bit of silicone (dielectric) grease, and smear it on both sides of the rubber. Using your fingers, maybe with help from a small flathead screwdriver, force the rubber between the shaft and the collar. Once, it's in there, verify it's long enough to make a complete circle around the shaft. Might be a bit too long, maybe a bit too short. That innertube could make 20 grommets, so no worries.

    Finally, with two small zip-ties, secure the new grommet you made to the shaft. Pro-tip: The zip-tie ratcheting mechanism will be too large to fit between the two bars of the linkage, so put one on each side loosely, then figure out now they need to be oriented so as to not wedge themselves between the collar and the shaft. I found mine needed to face the floor of the car when everything was put back together. This way, they won't be disturbed and likely prematurely destroyed.

    Put the linkage back on the car, and enjoy the fact you fixed it for effectively nothing. The silicone grease both helps the rubber get between the shaft and the collar, protects it from water, and because of the location in the transmission tunnel, I'm not concerned about much grit contaminating it.

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN THREADING THE ACORN NUT ON TO THE TRANSMISSION!!!! Seriously, it's almost like the design is to cross-thread. If you can't get it on with fingers for a few turns, it's trying to cross-thread.

    BTW, if when a simple $0.25 rubber grommet finally deteriorates and to fix it you have to replace an entire metal linkage...that's just flat-out lazy and stupid.

    Sorry for no pictures, but I just wanted it done and it was much, much easier than anticipated.

    I've wrestled with shift linkages before...specifically in a three-on-the-tree Ferd F-100. It was a disaster.

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    Does anyone have any actual images handy of the difference between the adjustable and non adjustable linkage?

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