I just bought a 1992 Stealth RT Turbo, and upon taking it for my first drive (test drive was fine), I was noticing a bit of play in the shifter. I wrote it off as the knob likely not being tight enough and continued on my drive, but unfortunately on a downshift the shifter snapped off.
I was looking around for replacement parts and the unit I have looked kind of similar to this, but it could be OEM, I have nothing really to compare it to. I attached some images at the bottom.
I was wondering if anyone had any insight as to whether it was a butchered modification of the OEM shifter (I can see what I think are sanding marks, and then the two obvious weld spots), a cheaply made aftermarket one, etc. as well as where I should be looking for either an OEM replacement (full height, not cut), or a high quality aftermarket one (any height).
The one you have on your car is the 3sx bearing loaded short shifter, not OEM. I included a picture for reference.
I donít see how it broke because those are made of good quality. The previous owner must be really aggressive when shifting lol.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking, I linked to that one in OP, but the texture seemed to be different (maybe the lighting used for the product photo?). Is it normal for them to only have tack welds instead of all the way around the joint, and for the welds to degrade like they did (at least that's what it looks like with the discoloration)?
I honestly thought the shifter was cut twice and welded back together poorly. It's really concerning that a $200 USD aftermarket shifter would do that, especially right after I bought it.
Got it welded back on and seems to be going well now. I had a weird issue where it wouldn't go into any gear when the engine was running, for about a day, then I came back and haven't had an issue since. Any ideas on that?
That was my first thought too. I bled the clutch this weekend and it hasn't happened since. The fluid levels haven't dropped at all so I don't think there's any leaks in the lines.
If it happens again, would that point to an internal pressure failure in one of the cylinders? I heard pumping the clutch may provide temporary relief of symptoms if that happens in traffic, is that true?
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