First dis-connect the battery. Next you will need a small metric socket, Phillips screwdriver and a couple slot blade (regular) screwdrivers.
Take out the inside compartment in the console (6 Philips screws) the screws are bit hidden (all of them) you will not see screws until you take the little rubber inserts out. Lift out the compartment. Now, under that compartment there are two small screws with metric heads, you just used 1/4" socket set with two long extensions, now, you have to remove the two cup holders in front and you will find two more metric headed screws (something the Chilton manual left out).
Next, using the small star end on a nut driver handle, remove the set screw in the base of the shifter knob (driver’s side) and remove the knob and shift boot. Next, remove the console; you might have to UN-plug some of the wires. Now the end of the shift cable will be visible in front of the shifter.
Make sure the shifter in the Park position.
Jack up the throttle body and make sure it isn't going anywhere by placing blocks in back of the rear wheels. Next crawl under and locate the cable end at the transmission, and using a flat blade screwdriver, separate (pry) the end of the cable off the end of the trans lever (which has a locking ball on it) then next the cable assembly will be held in a bracket, you have to locate a clip near the end and pry it down to free the cable from the bracket. Now follow the cable to where it enters the floor, there is a rubber boot (part of the cable) that pushes out under the carpet.
You might have to pry up the pieces on the driver’s door entrance to free up the carpet. Next, you use a screwdriver (Slot head) to pry the cable off of the shifter end (should have a retaining ball like the transmission did). Pull the cable out and get ready to put the new one in.
Installation should go reverse of the removal with the exception of making sure the shifter inside is in park as well as the transmission lever.
You will notice a small clip (transmission end of the cable) with a sliding locking clip. This should be down until you get the cable hooked up then press it up and slide the lock over it. DONE!
Gear shift cable came off where it attaches to the tang on the shift rod on transmission; at the cable end, there's a clip holding on a 3 inch black plastic piece with hole in the end that attaches to a pin on the metal tang; on the pin there is a white nylon bushing that appears broken and that let the black plastic piece to "jump off" the tang.The cable and connections had to be purchased as a unit.
|11.1.||Remove the HVAC control module (if equipped).|
|11.2.||Remove the armrest.|
|11.3.||Remove the HVAC module and duct assembly.|
|11.4.||Remove the cupholder.|
|11.5.||Remove the HVAC upper duct.|