Mitsubishi Montero & Montero Sport This sport utility vehicle offers more size than the other Mitsubishi SUVs, but manages to keep a sporty look and comfortable feel, unlike many larger SUVs.

89 Montero Automatic - Shifter Problem

  #1  
Old 03-16-2010, 04:20 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 3
Default 89 Montero Automatic - Shifter Problem

Need help with craigslist buy. Shifter is very hard in and out of Park position. Works fine otherwise. Feels like jamming against a gate that isn't open. So bad that I use neutral & parking brake instead.

Anyone know of an adjustment in shifter or linkage that can be tried to solve problem?

Thanks in advance.

/s/ Retired guy in Boise.
 
  #2  
Old 03-19-2010, 08:24 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 183
Default

Sound like a problem with your shift-lock cable. It runs from the top of the brake pedal, all the way to the shifter. You will need to remove the centre console for access.
 
  #3  
Old 03-19-2010, 11:14 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 362
Default

Skiddy is probably on target. I had a different problem that had similar symptoms. The entire shifter assy rotates on an "axle" bolted to the floor. There is a thin black plastic sleeve/bushing that keeps the axle and shifter from rubbing and binding. The sleeve on my truck had completely disintegrated and I had very hard time shifting - moreso from Park.

Another symptom of this is that the shifter would wiggle left and right more than it should. Check for this when you are looking for the possible cable issue. My sleeve was so far gone I didn't even know it was supposed to be there. Black plastic crumbs on the tunnel were my only clue.

Ron
 

Last edited by jrmdir; 03-19-2010 at 12:50 PM.
  #4  
Old 03-19-2010, 05:21 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 183
Default

Originally Posted by jrmdir View Post
Another symptom of this is that the shifter would wiggle left and right more than it should.
I reckon this would be an issue with the shifter bushings, although that shouldn't interfere with shifting. Were they completely broken?
 
  #5  
Old 03-20-2010, 10:02 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 362
Default

Not just broken - completely disintegrated!

It acutally did cause a problem with shifting as the metal on metal situation eventually made it harder to shift. That was my first clue something was wrong (the left/right slack was not that obvious.)

Ron
 
  #6  
Old 03-20-2010, 05:32 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Kuwait
Posts: 183
Default

Wow! Common problem, unfortunately. As soon as I see my shifter's loose, I tend to replace the shifter bushings ASAP. The intense heat over here doesn't do the plastics any good at all to be honest.
 
  #7  
Old 03-20-2010, 09:28 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 3
Thumbs up Thanks Skiddy

I looked haed in my Chilton, and found reference to adjustment of cable at shifter. I will attack it Monday. Will check first that some idiot hasn't disconnected at brake pedal!

Does anyone know where I can get an OEM service manual? I had one for my 83, and think Chilton and Haynes sorta suck.

My truck is Max. Wife's Saturn is Carlotta, after the "Emperor and Emporess" of Mexico. They both met with tragic ends. Not hoping such for our vehicles.

We are looking forward to getting Max muddy from top to bottom.
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
63DH8
Mitsubishi Montero & Montero Sport
11
09-23-2014 10:31 PM
tomek
Mitsubishi Montero & Montero Sport
0
09-17-2009 11:46 AM
OutDave07
Mitsubishi Outlander
4
09-07-2009 08:43 AM
AmanteNYC
Interior Wiring
1
09-28-2007 05:31 PM
youngowner
2nd Generation
7
08-22-2007 08:28 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: 89 Montero Automatic - Shifter Problem


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.