Gear Shift Cable


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Old 05-10-18, 06:38 PM
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Gear Shift Cable

does anyone know apx. the cost to replace a gear shift cable for a 2002 PT Cruiser or any car if you went through this fix, just need and approximate price so I know how many pennies to wrap.
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Old 05-10-18, 10:49 PM
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Parts about $60 at autozone, can't imagine more than an hour labor, probably less. Since they'll likely charge a full hour you'll need to know the labor rate at your garage.

On a trip up to a small town in VA needed some work done...their rate was $50 an hour. Back home in Norfolk, the going rate was closer to $125. And some shops go by book rate. Even if it only takes 30 min, the book says 2 hours so that's what they charge.
 
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Is the cable broke? On my jeep there are plastic bushings on each end of the cable that wear out. They cost $3-$4.
 
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Mark...known problem with PT Cruisers...the plastic tabs/stops break.
 
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Would that be the same as the bushing at the end of the cables on my jeep? they are replaceable.
 
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Not always, some vehicles have the end piece as part of the cable. Once the tabs break out they're done. There are a few makes/models that can have a work-around done, but I don't think Cruiser is one of them. I get calls for tows on "won't shift" fairly often. Whoever thought up the plastic retainer idea is an idiot.
 
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it was the cable bracket and cable that broke; both are replaced and the cars home: ready for this- $100 in parts, $430 in labor, $42 in taxes; total cost $575. Still cheaper than a new car though.
 
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Old 05-12-18, 12:43 PM
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Yeow that labor is crazy...though I admit, I don't know how hard it would be to replace the bracket. And they tax labor in NJ? Never heard of that in my life. Wow...
 
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Yea man, I couldn't do it myself- on the Pt Cruiser the bracket is part of the top part of the transmission housing ($3200), on a 2002- junk it. They found or made one, don't care,
it's working great. That's the reason for the 4-hundo tag price in labor.
 
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That $100 price for parts is pretty reasonable, I've heard of ones that were twice that.

Vic, down here, as I understand it, there's no tax on labor UNLESS there are PARTS and then the entire bill is taxed. Always sounded kind of nutty to me, but all my labor is "without parts", so I don't need to know the finer points. I DO know that there are less-than-scrupulous towing companies who add "tax" to tow bills" (among other junk fees; they give towers a bad name).
 
 

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