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Old 01-31-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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Default Shift Lock Cable And Key Sticking

New problem with my daughters 02 SL2. She says that she can't get the key out of the ignition unless she slams the shifter in and out of Park. I read something on the web about the shift lock cable needing to be adjusted to fix this problem. It said something about removing the console to get at the cable. First of all how do I go about removing the console and what is the proper procedure for adjusting that cable. Thanks.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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Once you get at it spray the console end off with brake cleaner and then lube with powdered mica.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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I broke mine off at the shifter intentionally so I'd never have to worry about it again. Nothing like being in a hurry and not being able to get the car out of park or the key out.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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There are 2 screws at the front of the console and 2 at the lower rear. Pull up switches and cup holder and drop through hole, then lift it straight up and off. The arm rest has to come off and there are 2 screws on the sides at he rear. The lift up rear slightly and push to the rear to remove.

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I broke mine off at the shifter intentionally so I'd never have to worry about it again. Nothing like being in a hurry and not being able to get the car out of park or the key out.
That is fine for people who are aware of what they are doing. They installed clutch safety switches because people drove through the end of many garages.

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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That is fine for people who are aware of what they are doing. They installed clutch safety switches because people drove through the end of many garages.
And this is why I support stricter driver testing and licensing.

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Testing and licensing does not address attention to detail.

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That is fine for people who are aware of what they are doing. They installed clutch safety switches because people drove through the end of many garages.
The engine still won't start in gear. The shifter / key lockout is a security feature, not a safety device. And for anyone who's really serious about stealing your car, it's not much of a security feature. Depends on whether the OP and driver are concerned about the shifter being moved with the key out.

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The actual purpose is to force you to put the car in Park before retrieving the key. The safety here is the unoccupied roll away event. Just like the brake shift interlock prevents selecting reverse or drive without the brake applied and running into the trash cans.

The starter interlock was just an example.

The early theft protection was fixing it so the key was locked into the ignition unless the ignition was in off.

All designed to irritate the experienced driver.

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Old 02-01-2012, 06:54 PM   #10
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Thanks OldNuc. When she brings the car on her next day off I'll try the brake cleaner but where do you get powdered mica ?

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:35 PM   #11
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The quickest place to find it is a gun shop that sells reloading supplies or http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-OZ-PEARL-W...item255f654908 You can find it at art supply stores usually, may have to try several Dick Blick usually has it. http://www.dickblick.com/

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Old 02-02-2012, 12:26 AM   #12
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I have no idea what it would be used for concerning firearms but there's a gun shop about three blocks from here. What can I tell you, this is Texas ! It's like pizza joints in New York, there's one on almost every corner.

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Powdered mica is used as a high pressure lubricant when resizing cases. As you can tell it is also in paint, concrete mold release, makeup and cosmetics, soap, and several others that I forgot.

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:06 PM   #14
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Here's the procedure for adjusting the cable... hope it helps. I have the procedure for removing the console, but the file is too big. It's an easy thing though....
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File Type: pdf park-lock-cable-adjustment.pdf (74.1 KB, 57 views)

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Old 02-03-2012, 01:02 AM   #15
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Thank you dbert513. I always like to know ahead of time what to look for before digging into something I haven't done before. I'm going to try oldnuc's suggestion first and if that's not enough to fix it I'll do the cable adjustment. I was going to buy the soft cover Hayne's book on this car a long time ago but they're not very concise and just breeze over stuff.

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Haynes probably does not even mention this little issue. You will find that all of those coffee lattes that got spilled are in the mechanism under the console. Hence the initial recommendation to clean the gunk out first. Chocolate, milk, steamed milk, and sugar are lousy lubricants. Add a couple of sodas and you have a real mess.

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Old 02-04-2012, 07:23 AM   #17
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My daughter came over today for us to go and get new tires put on her car and several other errands so I didn't have enough time to mess with the cables. Besides for the fact that we were having a real frog choker of a rain storm. Going by debert513's PDF I popped out the forward cup holder and saw the cable junction. Simple enough. It was clean and just a little dusty. She'll be back over in a few days for me to dig into it.

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