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My shifter just flops around like it is not connected to…

My shifter just flops...

My shifter just flops around like it is not connected to anything this is on a 2005 aveo with a manual transmission

Mechanic's Assistant: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting?

No the clutch had been acting fine until this happened

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Aveo yourself? What have you tried so far?

No this happened about a month ago on my way home, I was able to drive home in 3rd gear and i have not moved it since it was tough getting into the garage in 3rd gear

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You have 2 cables that are connected to the shift lever and to the top of the transmission. FIrst thing you should do is to make sure the cables are connected to the transmission. Next, have someone verify that the cables are moving at the transmission when you are working the shift lever. If they are not, then you are going to have to remove the floor console around the shifter and take a look and see what is going on down there.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
is this easy to do myself or should i just take it to a shop and if so how much do you think this will cost me
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
no call necessary just an answer

I would not say easy, but it is not very difficult. Depends on your skill level. Taking it to a shop it should not cost very much if new cables are needed. The cables are about 60 dollars and it is about 2 hours of labor to replace.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
in your opinion does this sound like it is not a clutch problem

It very well could be a clutch problem but you would generally have a "different" feeling in the clutch pedal. You are saying the shifter does not feel right. If you have a bad clutch you should still be able to pull the trans out of third gear into neutral.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I can go in and out of third gear but as for the other gears the shifter is just kind of floppy like there is nothing there

That is why you first need to verify if it appears the shift cables on the transmission are moving when the shifter inside is moving. That will indicate if they are physically connected. If they are connected the a clutch or a slave cylinder issue could be where you are going with this.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
ok Thank you, ***** ***** like a job for the shop, I just wanted to have a feeling for what could be the problem instead of them just telling me i need a new clutch or worse, a new transmission. I will see if they say anything about clutch cables? Are there any other questions I should ask once they give me an answer?

The only thing would be that if they say you need a clutch then you may want to ask if they will have the flywheel turned. It is at an extra cost but makes the job much nicer and makes the new clutch engage much smoother.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Thank you, ***** ***** rate this now

Ok you are welcome. Have a great evening and feel free to come back whenever if you have more questions on this. Thanks..

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