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How To: Fix eBay short shifter rattle

Discussion in 'How-To's' started by Dave94LX, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Dave94LX

    Dave94LX FEOA Donator

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    A few people have messaged me, to see how I fixed the rattle that comes from an eBay short shifter. Though it doesn't cure the issue 100% of the time, it greatly reduces it. First, remove the console:

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    get a heavy duty lubricant, I used super lube, which is great, but you DON'T WANT TO TOUCH IT WITH YOUR SKIN!

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    Apply the lubricant, be sure to move the shifter around, and push the lube into the joint:

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    Not needed... but I added an MX-3 shift boot

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    takes just a few minutes, and cuts down on the noise quite a bit.
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    oh no, the shift boot is definately needed

    the oem one is horrid
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    I agree. I need to find an MX3 to yank the boot out of for mine....

    I found this how-to just in time--I got an eBay quick shifter Friday!
    Thanks, Dave94LX! :)

    One quick Q, though: Will regular heavy wheel bearing grease work ok, or do I have to go find that stuff you used?

    C ya,
    Dutch
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    I would probably use dielectric grease it looks like what he used, and is thicker than wheel bearing grease


    shouldn't stretching out the spring fix the rattle anyhow?
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    when putting the shifter in does the bed go towarsd the dash or towards the ebrake
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    Towards the e-brake.
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    opps i put myn on backwords nowonder it felt weird
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    I found a better way to cure the rattle. For me the rattle was coming from where the chrome shaft goes though the brass ball. This is held in place by the black clip you can see in the pictures. These 2 parts don't exactly have a perfect fit and that is what causes the rattle. What I did was remove the black clip and pull the whole bearing assembly out of the hole in the car and slip it off the shaft. I cleaned and degreased both surfaces. Then, I smeared some JB Weld on the shaft where the bearing would fit. Then, I shoved the bearing back down onto the shaft and reinstalled the black clip, greased it, and let it sit overnight. In the morning the shifter had less play in it and the rattle was gone. Its been rattle free for almost a week now. I would highly recommend adding the JB-Weld BEFORE you install the shifter in the car.

    And oh yeah Dave, your shifter isn't installed all the way down. :wink:
  9. Dave94LX

    Dave94LX FEOA Donator

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    yes it is. It wasn't for those pics, but that was not what I was trying to show in this "how to".
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    Oh, ok. I was just toying. lol.

    I just though I would share my JB-Weld solution. I hope it lasts. It gets annoying to have to pull the console out just for a temporary fix and annoying stuff like this always tends to happen in the winter when its cold and hard to work on a car.
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    Well guys, I though I would give an update to my JB-Weld fix. Its been almost a year and my shifter hasn't rattled since.
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    I still have my shifter sitting in the garage. I couldnt get the bolt out from underneath. I will have to give it a try soon...feels like im shifting a boat oar sometimes.
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    jealous of the leather. yup, that was totally worth the thread revival
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    and the JB weld solution...PERFECT! just did it on my 2000 with the short throw(from junkyard, but pretty sure its an ebay one) and it made the world of difference!

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