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Old 04-14-2011, 07:56 PM
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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Shift Cable Broke.

The title says almost all of it, I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with auto transmission, and the truck was having problems unlocking the solenoid to allow the shifter to do it's thing and actually shift the transmission, it's a cable operated shifter, and the end that connects to the column shift lever inside the column broke off as it's only plastic, WHO would have thought this might have been a part that might posibly have some stress on in sometime in it's lifetime.

I have no idea if just part of the upper end of the assembly can be replaced or if the entire cable assembly needs replaced, NO information can be found online and I have no idea on Dodge.

For right now the lower dash kick-panel is removed so the cable can be moved with a pair of small pliers, which works great given the circumstances, but it's only a temporary "fix".

I've already got a plan to visit a couple junkyards on Saturday to see what we can come up with for a fix.

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Old 04-17-2011, 08:23 AM
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I wasnt able to make it to the junkyards on Saturday and they are ALL closed today, too much rain and another vehicle came in with a need for repairs.

I was hoping I could possibly find something out about this on the internet but several hours of searching yielded nothing at all.

Sounds like the dreaded visit to the worst parts department in the region.
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if I read your post correctly.... the cable for shift linkage is only sold as complete item from dealer new.

Dodge trucks have history of shifter detent problems of adjustment and wear.

Later trucks have the enter lock and horn honking combined... if you open the door as you back up with a trailer, the horn starts honking.
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I'll check tomorrow to see if it has that, just out of curiousity now that you mentioned it.
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Does the upper shift linkage for the Dodge resemble the Ford F Series linkage? If so, the part is available through Advance, and other retailers. I snapped the upper shift linkage on my truck last winter, and was able to get the part.

In my 1993 F150, I had a similar problem, and it ended up being the shift tube that runs on top of the steering column. It cracked, causing the shift lever to not be able to do it's job. And if it did, the shift indicator on the dash would read a different gear. If it's the same issue, it's an easy fix.
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I have NO idea what the linkage looks like on a Ford, and I will post a pic of it tomorrow.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:51 AM
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Here's a pic of my column, dropped down, with a broken shift tube. In my case, the shifter would either get stuck in place, or have excessive play in it because the tube was cracked. Finally one day it broke all the way. If Dodge used the same idea or setup, chances are the tube in your truck is doing the same. It's usually caused when the two bolts at the base unthread, causing the spring on the inside to push down father. And as you shift more aggressively to compensate, the shift tube or the shift knob breaks.

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No rods or tubes in this truck, cable and brackets. the bracket that connects to the shifter at the top end broke off the slider assembly.
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Not much luck in finding a used one, i gave up on the go-nowhere search on Ebay after contacting most of the junkyards in my area with the best luck being one saying they have them, but they are all in 2 pieces as they cut linkages to remove drivetrain components.

I called the local dealer and pulled strings to get a discount on one coming in on the truck tomorrow morning for me.
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