How to Fix a Loose Gear Shifter (Manual)
If you have a manual transmission, then you know the importance of keeping your gear shifter in good condition. Unfortunately, as with all mechanical components, even your gear shifter can become loose or shaky over time. If this happens, you could have difficulty shifting lanes, or worse, cause damage to your car if it slips out of gear while you are driving!
Fortunately, it is possible to fix a loose gear shifter yourself without having to take your car into a mechanic. Follow these steps to securely tighten your gear shifter and get back on the road:
Obtain Necessary Equipment
- Screwdriver (Phillips head)
- Tightening nuts
- Socket wrench
Reattach the Shifter Boot
If you notice the gear shift knob is wobbling or shaking, your first step is to firmly reattach the shifter boot, the plastic cover protecting the underside of the shift knob. This may have become loose due to wear and tear, and simply needs to be screwed back in place.
Tighten the Nuts
Next, look for two metal tightening nuts attached to the mounting rod that secures the shifter in place. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen them gently until you can turn them with your hand. Then, use a socket wrench to firmly re-tighten the nuts. Be careful not to over-tighten them, as this can cause damage.
Finally, apply some grease to the underside of the gear shifter where it meets the mounting rod. This helps to reduce friction and prevent wear-and-tear in the future. Be sure to wipe away any excess grease with a clean cloth.
By following these steps, you can easily fix a loose gear shifter without having to take your car to a mechanic. Doing so will help ensure smooth shifting and protect your car from damage caused by a wobbly shifter.