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2005 auto shift indicator repair.

it was on my sons car,sorry no pics.the best way i can describe it is ,the indicator is on the plastic that slides when you move the shifter. with the car turned on but not started move the shift lever to low gear, this should be open now, the plastic slider is stuck and needs pulled out toward the shift handle to close up the gap.when you pull it toward the shifter you can see the red indicator move towards low gear.i just drilled a very tiny hole centered with shift handle about 1/4 from the edge of slider and used smallest tie wrap i could find around slider and plastic bezel on shifter and looped itpulled it tight to pull slider flush to bezel and cut excess off end of tie wrap.i used a drill bit that was less than 1/8'"so u can barely see the fix hope this helps

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My 2005 GT Automatic Shift Indicator Is Broken Too

I called the dealer and that plastic part which moves the orange indicator and covers the guts is not sold seperately. I was told the whole console has to be ordered to get that part. I have since considered going with an after market shifter, but I wanted to keep it original, if possible.

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I'm having the same issues with mine. My car is a 1/05 build date, one of the early S197s. The local Ford dealer told me that the part number for my car has been superceded no less than three times, so apparently this is a known defect. Ford will give me no more than a 12,000 mile warranty on a new one, so I'm going to take my chances with a Streetfighter, for about the same price.

I've ordered it from a local shop, but apparently it's on back order. Now I'm finding out that more than a few people have had problems with these, too. I'm not sure which is the lesser of the evils. If the Ford one sucks so bad, I guess I'd rather have a POS Ratchet shifter than a POS Stock shifter.

I'll share my experiences, when I finally have some resolution to the problem.

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2005 Mustang Automatic Gear Shift Indicator work-around

My son's 2005 Mustang had the same problem. The cheap plastic shifter cover also acts as the gear shift indicator. To fix it properly, you will need to replace the entire shifter assembly (min $300 for the part). As my son's car failed safety inspection here in VA because of this, I found a work-around that is similar to an earlier post.

I drilled a small hole in the plastic cover in front of the shifter (~1/4 inch in from the center edge) and attached a black wire with a loop on the end. I then attached that looped wire to the plastic piece with a small black screw (self threading). I did the same to the plastic piece in BACK of the shifter lever. I attached the black wire from the front screw going around the shifter to the back screw. I also wrapped the wire around the shifter a couple of times before making the loop on the back side. This basically attaches the front plastic piece to the back portion. The wire I used was fabricated from black fishing leaders. One end already had a loop while for the other end, I had to make a loop by using small metal tube (small metal sleeve) that I used to crimp the wire to make the back loop. Now the plastic piece in front and back move with the shifter. While not factory, it does not look bad.

I took the car in for re-inspection for the gear shift indicator and it passed with this setup.

Hope this helps.
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As they say misery loves company and I too have this exact issue. I have had no issues driving my car with this broke. Since I don't eat or drink in my car it's unlikely anything will get in the opening. But I carry a small flashlight and needle nose plyers just in case. Way too expensive to replace so as long as it works I'm leaving it alone.

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Well this thread inspired me. Last night when I got him I ripped out the whole center console. Which is very easy. And took my shifter out and into the house. Thinking glue or any other adhesive would adventually fail I opted for a sewing needle and black thread. Right where it separated I heated the needle hot enough to melt holes in the rubber close to the edge of where it separated than I began to sew the parts back together. Tightened everything up put it all back together and now it works like a charm. You can't notice it unless your stareing directly at it. And everything is back in operating order.

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Just acquired this gem of a problem last night randomly. The plastic shield cover thing that runs with the shifter gets jammed up and won't let me go into park. Could someone maybe put some pics up cuz Im struggling with seeing this fix y'all are doing. Thanks!!

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Originally Posted by blk281gt View Post
Here are some pics, i am quite familiar with these shifters,lol! the red indicator is just attached to the black strap that goes around the handle. It probably broke apart and once you get it apart you should be able to repair. Let me know if you need instructions and i will send you some.
I haven't taken the console apart yet but it looks like I'll need to buy a new strap since the old one is creased and may not move freely in the track any more and no way to reconnect it to the shift handle assy. Does anyone know if I can just buy the strap and indicator? So far all I've found is a complete assembly. If you know of a resource for the strap, please let me know. The wife really hates having her baby looking less than perfect.

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Originally Posted by jv4511 View Post
I haven't taken the console apart yet but it looks like I'll need to buy a new strap since the old one is creased and may not move freely in the track any more and no way to reconnect it to the shift handle assy. Does anyone know if I can just buy the strap and indicator? So far all I've found is a complete assembly. If you know of a resource for the strap, please let me know. The wife really hates having her baby looking less than perfect.

Same problem here - messed up slider strap.
I haven't found a source for the replacement strap and if anybody has, please report here.
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With both of my shift curtains separated from the shifter handle and the indicator strip not moving to indicate the gear selected, I removed the plastic part of the shifter housing from the car and disassembled it and discovered that one end of the indicator strip had broken off from the end of one of the curtains as well.

To fix this a piece of leather from Tandy Leather that is about the same thickness as the original curtains was used to create a new curtain by laying out the old curtain to create a pattern to replace the broken one.
-Use a piece of leather to a length of 11" and a width of approximately 2 1/2".
-Use the shift indicator strip that is still attached to the curtain to draw a tab to each end of the leather strip and continued the line to a point to mimic the size of the original curtain. (you will use these tabs to attach the shift indicator strip later)
-Draw a line which will connect the the tabs and when cut will create the new curtain. (Use the old curtain for this measurement)
-Measure and mark 5-1/2" to the center of the leather piece and then create tick marks 3/4 " from the center to layout the slot for the shifter handle. Using the plastic piece where the curtains attach at the shifter, trace the inside shape to be cut out to allow the handle to be fitted into later. You will reuse this same plastic piece to glue the leather to as support for the new curtain since the middle will now only be connected with the remaining strips of leather after the slot is cut out. NOTE: make sure to layout the shifter handle slot in the correct orientation. With the smooth side of the leather facing up and the tabs to the left, position the template with the flat end away from you and the end with the indentation closest to you.
-Cut your leather to shape.
-Glue to the plastic piece to the back side of the leather and let cure.
-Using black dye or stain, color the leather for protection and appearance.
-Apply a sealer on it for added protection and to make it smooth and a little firmer.
-Carefully remove the plastic shift indicator strip from the old curtain and attach it to the leather tabs by riveting or securing it in another fashion of your choice. NOTE: The indicator strip is made longer than the curtain because it has to ride in a groove that is higher than that for the curtain.
-Polish the leather and plastic shifter housing to help allow it to operate smoothly, and when you are ready you can reassemble the unit.

The thickness of the leather with the use of the plastic shifter handle curtain base should be sturdy enough to not need any other support as long as it is not forcibly pushed on.
This restored the the look and function of the curtains and gear indicator. Hope this helps and is a inexpensive solution for this problem.
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