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Sloppy Shifter Fix

Tools Required:

Phillips screw driver 10mm socket 12mm socket Punch (to remove broken off end of shift bolt from housing, if needed) Hammer


Torque wrench (It is not necessary to torque down the bolts that are removed in this fix. We recommend however that you do. The torque specifications are listed on back.)


1. Put transmission in neutral.2. Remove the four screws from around the shift lever boot (Phillips).3. Remove the small inner boot and slide up toward shifter knob.4. Remove the three bolts on the shift lever case cover (10mm).5. Pull the shift lever out of the shift lever case. Warning - By removing the shift lever the broken end of the shift bolt may fall into the transmission. If this does happen, use a small pair of pliers or a magnet pin to try and remove the broken end. If you still cannot get the broken end out of the transmission, continue with step 6.6. Remove the four bolts holding the shift lever case to the transmission (12mm). *You may be able to see the broken end of the shift bolt now if it fell into the transmission. Try the pliers or a magnet again. If you get the end out now, continue with step 7. If you still cannot find it, continue with step 7 and read Finding The Broken End on back.7. Remove the shift bolt from the back of the shift lever case (12mm)8. Inspect the shift bolt. If the end is broken off or worn, it needs to be replaced. Continue with step 9. If the bolt is intact, you can reassemble the shifter components by doing steps 1-7 in the reverse order.9. If the broken end of the shift bolt is still in the shift lever case, you may need to use the punch to remove it. Be very careful not to damage the threads.10. Once the broken end is out, you may install your new shift bolt and resemble your shifter components by doing steps 1-7 in the reverse order.

Torque Specifications    

Shift Bolt 13 lb-ftLever Case Bolt 18 lb-ftLever Case Cover Bolt 5 lb-ft

Finding the Broken End

If youve lost the broken end of the shift bolt in the transmission you will need to find it. First try the magnet pin or a pair of needle nose pliers. If you still cannot get the broken end out you will need to drain the transmission oil. Once the oil is drained, pour some transmission oil down the rear of the transmission where the shift lever goes in. This may wash the broken end out of the transmission. If this still doesnt work, we recommend you take the transmission to a transmission service shop.

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