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I have a 2004 4WD with manual shifter. I don't use it much but the grommet on the bottom linkage coming down the shift handle cracked and the link dropped out. The dealer only would sell me the entire shift handle. There is obviously an alternative for this. Can anyone help??
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Salvage yard would be my first choice. The dealer has no choice in selling just the part you need because that's the only way the can get it. In the past I have made a bushing for these out of a tubing and used an E-clip to secure the assembly in place.
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I am interested in your tubing bushing with an E-clip solution. I found where Dodge used to sell the grommets for the linkage individually. My dealer doesn't sell them without the shifter rod assembly. I just don't like to get taken. Can you tell me more about the tubing and E-clip? I don't use the shifter often, so it doesn't have to be perfect. I guess I am dense.
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Man that sucks . I use to be able to buy those bushings all the time .
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The trick is to find a piece of tubing that fits the rod. Once you've done that, you can grind off material from the outside to make it fit. Then it's just a matter of finding an e-clip to secure it in place. It can be a fair amount of work but if you're in a bind, it beats nothing at all. I'd exhaust all options for the correct bushing before I went this route though.
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Thanks guys for all the ideas.
Knowing the chrysler part number was the key. It is 5017960-AA Grommet for the one on the bottom of the shift lever. I found out that by asking for that part, the parts clerk found it and sold it to me for $16.00. A rip off, but it was the correct grommet. I attempted to 'squeeze' it into place with the rod in the truck. Bad idea. Just remove the shift lever as follows: 1. loosen the rubber cover by releasing the clip nearest the seat. 2. pull it up and find two torx screws holding down the black plastic within the bushing the rod rotates. 3. rock the rod left and right until the plastic holder loosens. 4. remove the plastic holder then pull the rod up and out. 5. Place the shifter in your vise with the indented side up (important) 6. grease the indented area 7. with pliers carefully squeeze the grommet, with the small opening down, into the shifter hole. 8. With a small, dull, screwdriver push the edges of the grommet into place. 9. twist it back and forth to be sure it is in the slot.
10. reverse the steps you took to remove the shifter shaft. I could do the entire operation now in 30 minutes. cheers.
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