Why does my shifter cable keep snapping?

Asked by Jan 27, 2015 at 09:04 AM about the 2003 Dodge Intrepid ES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought the car it was used, I only
had it maybe a year. I've put in more
shifter cables in it than I've drive it.
When I go to shift it, it pops and than
won't drive.

2 Answers

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Sounds like you're not getting the right cable or it's not being adjusted properly upon installation. Visit your local Dodge dealer and get a genuine Dodge cable. Then talk to their service writer and ask for a copy of the installation and adjustment procedures from the factory shop manual. If they don't still have a shop manual for your car ask them to print out the information from All Data. HTH. -Jim

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hi the issue you are having is that the shift rod that goes through the housing of the trany is metal and the trany case (housing) is aluminum ..// the two dissimilar metals corrode over time and now the shaft doesn't want to turn as easy as it should ...// in which case breaks or stresses the weakest link thus being the shift cable ...// I would have a tech that is knows your model and have them shift the trany at the shift lever to see how easy it moves ...// if its tight then the pan and the valve body will have to be removed and possible the shift shaft replaced..../ see the pic it would be the long shaft next to #2

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