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Old 09-04-2018, 04:16 PM
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Just a quick "It worked for me" on my '11 Grand Sport Automatic to try and help others who may encounter the all too common broken plastic shifter bushing(s) in the cable between the Console Shift Selector and the Transmission Selector Lever. This is what worked for a temporary fix on a Sunday, holiday weekend afternoon until I can get a whole new cable.

2005-2013 C6 Corvette Shift Control Cable OEM 20782446

Went to pull out of house driveway, plastic shifter linkage (bushing) broke apart sticking in reverse and popped off transmission selector lever allowing the console shifter to move freely then through the rest of the console gear orange indicator positions without actually changing gears anymore.
Console Shift handle would move between all sections w/o actually changing gears while transmission was stuck in reverse. It was a disintegrated plastic bushing in the cable to transmission lever connection. Here it comes.... why put a critical item in plastic a few inches from 2x 3" exhaust tubes
I was able to locate a temporary fix of Dorman Pedal and Shift Linkage Bushing Kit 14041 at the local auto parts store. It contains 5 bushing and the next to smallest was the one that fit on the transmission 'ball' of the transmission selector lever and then snapped into the shift cable.




Dorman 14041 Bushing for Shift Cable > Transmission Shift Lever Connection showing the one used


Packaging contents for reference



Packaging showing Largest>Smallest with pencil indicating bushing used.

For reference of the transmission lever position all the way down is Park. I put my console shifter in Park, then manually moved the transmission lever from reverse to park by pulling down on it.
Exhaust should be cold lest you have forearm tattoos you want removed. Neither connection of the busing is easy to 'snap' in, on the shift lever, or to the shift cable.

~ 1 hour setup to beerthirty
  1. Whether stuck in Park, or any other gear, chock both front wheels and fully engage Parking Brake
  2. Jack rear end, use at least Jack Stands so you can comfortably and safely work underneath. I jacked and used ramps under wheels to support rear end for more room.
  3. On the driver's side, rear it was possible for me comfortably reach the transmission selector lever and pull it down to Park between the exhaust tube and the transmission.
  4. Snapped flange side down on the ball of the transmission shift lever 1st. Used a pair of angled needle nose pliers to hold the busing and a large blade screwdriver to push it on using the surrounding metal structures for leverage. Blade of the screwdriver was wider than the opening of the bushing.
  5. Held the cable end on the bushing with right hand while using the same blade screwdriver and leverage method snap it on the bushing.


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Yes, that's the wife's purple yoga mat... you can see the rain puddle in the street. I already caught hell for it, now I'll catch flack for it, but it was.... an emergency, at least to me it was, not her though.
I'd probably got away with it if hadn't made the comment... "why you mad, 'cause I spent more time on it today than since you've had it."
She wears yoga pants daily, mat still had $ tag on it, but it's my fault... I digress, I was wrong and I apologize, yes dear


Raise rear end, Shift Lever is on the drivers side of Transmission.


Transmission Lever all the way down for Park


Shift Cable end showing connection position on Shift Lever


I've been using it for a week while the cable is enroute and it has been very secure, but imo this is only until you can get a new cable with bushings.
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Nice write up but why do you consider this a temporary fix? A new cable has those same plastic bushing that you just replaced. What you did is what most people do to avoid replacing the entire cable.

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: EVRose and thanks! I see a lot of your helpful posts and do hope to be contributing/helping/learning member here when I can in any capacity.

I got it only 3 weeks ago, so for me just a piece of mind to R/R the whole cable myself for $75 and not worry about the cable integrity itself, or the bushing on the Console Shifter end since this one already went.

As stated at the beginning this is "...what worked for me and what I'm doing". If others want to consider it repaired, that is their individual call, I'm not in a position to state this $8 kit is the fix and you have nothing to worry about. Just trying to piece together a bunch of information from all over in one place with my POV
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Great write up. Did you swap the one under the auto gearbox as well? I am working on doing that now and having a hard time getting it to fit the connection and reinstall the box. The space seems just so tight from above.
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This sounds like what happened to my 2010 vette this morning.. I will share with my hubby.
Thanks for sharing!
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We took it into the dealer and this was the issue! Cost is around $500.

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When I was swapping in the NPP, I wish I would have done this while I was in there.
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Originally Posted by aramkhelawan View Post
Great write up. Did you swap the one under the auto gearbox as well? I am working on doing that now and having a hard time getting it to fit the connection and reinstall the box. The space seems just so tight from above.
Sorry for the delay, busy work week. Yes, I did both. The one underneath the rear that was broken on the transmission and then the next day I did the same one that attaches to the shifter. To me the shifter was not as tight as the rear one. Once I worked my down to removing center console to the four 10mm screws and lifting the whole shifter assy out it wasn't too bad. I only needed a long screwdriver to pop it of the shifter and then reattached it by hand, whereas I needed the long screwdriver on the rear to reattach them.

This isn't the best example, but it does clearly show it. There are many other videos showing the exact removal steps of the center console to get access to the shifter.


Hope you got it done aramkhelawan!!
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This sounds like what happened to my 2010 vette this morning.. I will share with my hubby.
Thanks for sharing!

We took it into the dealer and this was the issue! Cost is around $500.
My pleasure and thanks for the kind words. And they will replace the whole shifter cable assy (w/bushings) and not just the bushings. Still though, the OEM cable new is less than $50 with the bushings and the cable is usually not the problem.

Hope you get it resolved.... I know that feeling
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Originally Posted by jimijam View Post
When I was swapping in the NPP, I wish I would have done this while I was in there.
Oh yeah, that would've been the perfect time with those pipes out of the way.

Still worth doing at 'any time' as preventative maintenance before it becomes a breakdown issue

A plastic bushing about 3" from the factory NPP pipes..... arrrrrgggghhhhh
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Its hard to believe GM would not Change the shifter and cables on C6s after all the problems on 06 thru 2013 models I just got my 09 out of park last week,at least it was home!! Then I sold the vette!!!
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Originally Posted by FLC6GS View Post
Sorry for the delay, busy work week. Yes, I did both. The one underneath the rear that was broken on the transmission and then the next day I did the same one that attaches to the shifter. To me the shifter was not as tight as the rear one. Once I worked my down to removing center console to the four 10mm screws and lifting the whole shifter assy out it wasn't too bad. I only needed a long screwdriver to pop it of the shifter and then reattached it by hand, whereas I needed the long screwdriver on the rear to reattach them.

This isn't the best example, but it does clearly show it. There are many other videos showing the exact removal steps of the center console to get access to the shifter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G_Q...&index=24&t=0s

Hope you got it done aramkhelawan!!
Thanks for your reply. I finally for it done with some help from my wife lol. Who knew her tiny hands would come in so useful. She thinks she is a master mechanic now lol
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