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Old 02-27-2017, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default 1999 SC1 Shifter Cables

I've got a 99 SC1 with 190k and the shifter cable that translates the front/back shift motion has lost the inner ring on the end of the cable that connects to the transmission (cable end has a LOT of play because the ring is now 2-3x larger diameter than the peg it's connected to). I bought some replacement cables, but found the grommet problem. My question, could I re-use the grommet off my original cables and seal it up good with some silicon or something? Or are the aftermarket cables so bad that I should just start hunting junk yards?
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I've got a 99 SC1 with 190k and the shifter cable that translates the front/back shift motion has lost the inner ring on the end of the cable that connects to the transmission (cable end has a LOT of play because the ring is now 2-3x larger diameter than the peg it's connected to). I bought some replacement cables, but found the grommet problem. My question, could I re-use the grommet off my original cables and seal it up good with some silicon or something? Or are the aftermarket cables so bad that I should just start hunting junk yards?
If I recall correctly someone recently posted a similar issue and they were able to find a replacement grommet for their original cables which resolved the issue. Try looking at other posts for the information but I think they just searched through a hardware store bin to find the right size.
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ok, the grommet seems like an easy issue to resolve. The more pressing question, however, is the quality of the Pioneer cables I have sitting in a box in my living room, does anybody have reviews on them? I've been searching the forum and the internet for a few hours now and cant find any reviews on the aftermarket cables...just a bunch of posts saying, "usually, aftermarket isn't that great, you should pull used cables off of a junk yard car." Have the aftermarket cables remained unreliable?
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ok, the grommet seems like an easy issue to resolve. The more pressing question, however, is the quality of the Pioneer cables I have sitting in a box in my living room, does anybody have reviews on them? I've been searching the forum and the internet for a few hours now and cant find any reviews on the aftermarket cables...just a bunch of posts saying, "usually, aftermarket isn't that great, you should pull used cables off of a junk yard car." Have the aftermarket cables remained unreliable?
I'd return them if you can and fix the original cables if it is just the grommet. I don't think the aftermarket quality has changed. You can find NOS OEM cables on eBay every now and again for about $150-$200. I can see some listed currently >> Saturn S Series Shift Cables.

From what I understand, aftermarket cables will last you a couple years give or take a few months based on usage.
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my problem is the cable end of the for/aft cable that connects in the engine bay. but your reply answers my question, thank you. i'm going to return the cables I have and go junk yard hunting. thanks!
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