Transmission cable "loose"?

jaguar
s-type

#1

I was having trouble getting my '05 Jaguar S-type into gear. After removing the gearbox and disconnecting the linkage, I find that it switches out just fine when pushing and pulling the link end with my hand but the cable seems a bit spongy and has too much “travel” before catching the next gear. Again, it goes into every gear perfectly but I have to push (and, of course, pull) the linkage connector a little too far distance-wise between “P” and “D”. So, when I connect the gearbox and adjust it perfectly for “P”, the shifter won’t move it far enough to reach “D” and vice versa.

Anybody ever heard of this?


#2

…Kinda like I was pulling a spring instead of a cable.


#3

@TEEJAY2 I think you nailed it. Replace the cable and you may have solved your problem. These can stretch and fray over time


#4

You removed the transmission to figure out you have a stretched, broken, or misadjusted shift cable?

I would replace the shift cable, reinstall the transmission, and see what happens then.


#5

You removed the transmission to figure out you have a stretched, broken, or misadjusted shift cable?

I would replace the shift cable, reinstall the transmission, and see what happens then.


#6

Asemaster, I never removed the transmission. Only the gearbox inside the car between the seats where the shifter is housed.


#7

“Gearbox” is another name for transmission, so that’s where the confusion came from.


#8

Resolved! I jumped under there and noticed that the screw holding the cable mount in place had backed out and was wiggeling like a loose tooth. 5 minutes and a pair of pliars fixed the whole problem! However, while under there, I notices a little fluid around the plastic tranny drain plug. So, I snugged it up and wiped it clean. I’ll check it in a few days and if there’s any leakage, I see a fluid and filter change is in my future. Thanks again.

PS Sorry about the gearbox mix up. I thought about that myself shortly after posting.


#9

I love a happy ending! Thanks for closing the loop.