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Old 09-21-2012, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jrose7004 View Post
I've never had the problem of that little piece breaking. How does it happen?
When you are trying to remove the shifter for what ever reason, in my case, doing a evaporator replacement, the housing is opened and that housing has the indicator window in it. The indicator is attached to the bottom half of the shifter, and it's just a chinsy little pos that snaps off the minute you put any pressure at all on it. There's no way to see the thing is interfering when you are taking that plastic top off, so if you are not aware of that before hand, you snap em off.
I just dumped the piece to the low gear position and forget about it. I never look at the thing anyway.

Just one more reason not to buy the automatic car! :p
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Fixed mine today too.
I cut with some tin snips some thin metal from an mnm's can. I cut a strip and drilled a hole, just large enough for the "post" from the orginal broken piece to fit through. I grinded down the broken part some. I wish I had so two part quick drying apoxy to secure the plastic piece to the metal. I used some gorilla glue and had to find things to do all day while I waited for the glue to dry.
Had to bend the metal to match the original plastic piece. I painted the tip red, instead of orange. I just like that color better.
I took a couple pics, but they are too small. Key is securing the plastic post piece(the one that goes horizontally into the shifter). I could probably have used a beer can also.
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Old 11-14-2015, 10:50 PM
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Old thread, but good information. This is a problem that happens all too often on the C5 so good to know how it can be repaired.
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by jrose7004 View Post
I've never had the problem of that little piece breaking. How does it happen?
VERY common problem with the C5....
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:12 PM
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Mine was broken a while back and I ran across a thread where a member was making replacements with a 3D printer out of orange plastic. He sent me one for free and I'm still using it to this day. Also, if I remember correctly, a member was making HUD dimmer (?) switch replacements using a 3D printer. I don't have HUD so not exactly sure what it was called. It's on the dash just left of the main instrument cluster.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:38 PM
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Seems to me this would be easy with a 3D printer
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:16 PM
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As I recall 2 vendors here carry them. I think Mid America and Ecklers
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:56 PM
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As I recall 2 vendors here carry them. I think Mid America and Ecklers
That's news to me. Glad someone is carrying them. Pretty sorry design to have the bulb so hot that it kills the plastic. I would prefer a plastic one, for nighttime driving since my metal piece doesn't allow light through. But what I have now is way better than how it was before. Pretty painless with the videos and links I had before doing the job.
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