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Old 06-19-2014, 06:11 AM   #1
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shifting issues (solved)

coming home yesterday, getting off the interstate, I suddenly found myself without 3rd gear (2001 Boxster S, 6 speed manual). soon discover it was also 1st, 5th and Reverse, basically any gear in the forward position. my first thought was it was because I had the console removed to refinish and something had fallen into the shifter, causing issues. Nope, looked fine. it was late and well over 90 degrees (probably 100+ in my garage) so I let it sit until this morning, dreading all the worse case scenarios.
so, after spending the night researching possible issues, my first plan of attack was to check the shift cable. jacked up the car and after a few moments inspection saw that the cable had come loose from the bracket mount on the transmission. from the looks of it, it simple pushes into place, being held friction and a prayer I guess.
Haven't test driven it yet, but it seems to be working fine now.

So here are some questions, either food for thought or feedback if you have it.

1. is this a known or common problem? if so, is there a fix to prevent it happening again? I am sure I could put a hose clamp or bailing wire around it to stop it coming loose again, but would prefer something a bit more engineered.

2. if it is not a common issue, could there be another failure causing this to come loose. ie. another bracket on the line somewhere I am not seeing that broke, causing enough play in the cable to let it work loose from the transmission mount?

it is entirely possible that I inadvertantly aided in it coming loose when I was replacing the AOS. the shift and position cables run across the top of the engine. I was moving them around quite a bit to get them out of the way.

so that was my Boxster drama for the day. A night of worry turned out to be a 15 minute, no cost fix. now off to do my happy dance


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Old 06-19-2014, 06:18 AM   #2
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I had a failure of where the gearstick ball at it's base came off the shifter cable. You can read about it on here: http://www.boxa.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=61125

Not the same problem as yours but is a common failure on 996/986 & gen 1 987's.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:43 AM   #3
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TuneRS has a band-aid for this:

TRS Shift Cable Security Clips (986 / 996) | TuneRS Motorsports | Online Shop
clips that attach to the tranny side of the cables.

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Old 06-19-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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TuneRS has a band-aid for this:

TRS Shift Cable Security Clips (986 / 996) | TuneRS Motorsports | Online Shop
clips that attach to the tranny side of the cables.

this is the section that came loose:



so it looks like that kit has clips for all of those points. that is awesome, I will definitely grab that kit, thanks.
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:25 AM   #5
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We have a set in stock. Give us a call 954.345.7877 and we will be glad to help you out.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:28 PM   #6
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That kit looks like it helps retain the cable end at the ball studs. Not the cable retainer that you had a problem with.

There is a clip at the cable retainer that holds the cable in place - not just friction. If the clip is engaged, you should not have a problem. But a zip tie would probably provide additional security and/or peace of mind.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:29 AM   #7
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Our kit keeps the ball ends of the cable from popping out (plastic becomes brittle, breaks, cables pop off while shifting).




Simple fix and are always used on our spec boxsters / spec 996.

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