Transmission cable?


My 1999 Camry (automatic)was stuck in drive this morning. The gear shifter was not engaging anything. I could move it from park to low gear without it catching anything.

Looking under the hood, I found that a cable was not hooked onto a lever that obviously changes the gears. I (with the help of my brother) could manually move the lever so that the car was in drive and then back again to park. I didn’t get a better look at it yet. But does this sound like a simple cable that we could replace or does it need to be done by a mechanic?


If you had a service manual, such as Haynes, for the car you might be able to fix it yourself. The trick is adjusting the linkage after the cable is re-attached or replaced.

What needs to be done will depend on WHY the cable is no longer attached. Did something come loose that can easily be repaired, or did something break?