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Old 06-18-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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I have a 96 grand cherokee. The shift cable is out of adjustment and I am trying to adjust it according to the repair manual. It says to push in on the adjuster clamp at the end of the procedure to complete it. The problem is, I don't see any clamp and I find no illustrations for the cable showing where the adjuster clamp is much less where to push or squeeze on it. Please advise. Thanks.
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I have a 96 grand cherokee. The shift cable is out of adjustment and I am trying to adjust it according to the repair manual. It says to push in on the adjuster clamp at the end of the procedure to complete it. The problem is, I don't see any clamp and I find no illustrations for the cable showing where the adjuster clamp is much less where to push or squeeze on it. Please advise. Thanks.
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To adjust the Gearshift cable, this is from the Factory Service Manual:

GEARSHIFT CABLE
Check adjustment by starting the engine in Park
and Neutral. Adjustment is OK if the engine starts
only in these positions. Adjustment is incorrect if the
engine starts in one but not both positions. If the
engine starts in any position other than Park or Neutral,
or if the engine will not start at all, the park/
neutral position switch may be faulty.
Gearshift Adjustment Procedure
(1) Shift transmission into Park.
(2) Raise vehicle.
(3) Release cable adjuster clamp (at transmission
end of cable) to unlock cable.
(4) Unsnap cable from cable mounting bracket on
transmission (Fig. 266).
(5) Slide cable eyelet off transmission shift lever.
(6) Verify transmission shift lever is in Park
detent by moving lever fully rearward. Last rearward
detent is Park position.
(7) Verify positive engagement of transmission
park lock by attempting to rotate propeller shaft.
Shaft will not rotate when park lock is engaged.
(8) Slide cable eyelt onto transmission shift lever.
(9) Snap shift cable adjuster into mounting
bracket on transmission.
(10) Lock shift cable by pressing cable adjuster
clamp down until it snaps into place.
(11) Lower vehicle and check engine starting.
Engine should start only in Park and Neutral.
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yep, that's what is says in my manual as well. But did you notice how there is no illustration of the adjuster clamp. The only thing I can think of that it could be is the retaining clips on the cable that holds it to the mounting bracket. Other than that, I don't see it. Meanwhile, I can't get the cable back on to even drive it in it's previous condition. At least I could do that. Thanks CF for the info.
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yep, that's what is says in my manual as well. But did you notice how there is no illustration of the adjuster clamp. The only thing I can think of that it could be is the retaining clips on the cable that holds it to the mounting bracket. Other than that, I don't see it. Meanwhile, I can't get the cable back on to even drive it in it's previous condition. At least I could do that. Thanks CF for the info.
No, the diagram in the FSM doesn't show a good view of the clamp. Maybe it snaps over the end of the cable.
How did you get the cable off anyway?
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There are to plastic retainers on each side of the cable at the rear side of the cable at the cable mounting bracket. I did finally figure out where the clamp is. Buried under years of dirt and grease is the clamp which looks like part of the mold for the cable mounting apparatus. It is actually on the bottom, but I used some channel lock pliers from the top to push or squeeze down the retainers for the clamp and it popped out. I don't recommend doing it that way as I could have easily broken the plastic retainer for the clamp. On the bottom is a place to use a small screwdriver to pry out the clamp. I also recommend that anyone trying this, use a good degreaser to clean out the clamp prior.
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