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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    As far as alignment goes the common practice is to count how many rotations it takes to disassemble the cable end or measure the linear engagement and reinstall it the same way. I don't think this has been mentioned yet. This is assuming your gears were in the right place before this broke. I must say that corrosion looks even be worse than mine!
    What if I didn't remove the cable end at all, and just put the new bushing in with the cable end still attached? (I'm pretty sure I could manage that.) Would that ensure that everything lines up properly?

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    Absolutely it would. However most people either use a vise or jump up and down on the cable end to push the new bushing into it. Depending on what clever tools you have you could insert it while in the engine bay, but it seems like more effort than it's worth.

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    Okay, took me a while to have time to fix this, on a day that wasn't cold and raining (since the car is stuck in my driveway). The last part of the bushing--the metal cup with the green end--was a bear to get off. The advice about using heat helped. I did end up taking the cable end off, because there just isn't enough room to work in the engine compartment. I managed to get the bushing on using a very large screw clamp as a makeshift vise.






    Then I reattached it to the cable, lubed the ball end of the shift arm with the supplied grease, and reattached the bushing. With some difficulty. It's a really hard plastic, and a really tight fit. I had to finagle a screw clamp into the engine compartment and use that to pop it on. There's no way I ever could have done it with my hands.

    So... now the stick shifts again, but it's so stiff when moving side to side. As far as I can tell, the bushing that I replaced is, indeed, the one for side-to-side movement. I don't think the cable is sticking or bound, because it moved freely before I reattached the bushing. I did have to twist the cable slightly to get the bushing back onto the ball. But not much--like maybe a 30-degree rotation. Thoughts? I'm worried that maybe this bushing is just too tight a fit on that ball end, and that's preventing it from moving freely, even with the grease. I mean, it was a tight fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsones View Post
    Then I reattached it to the cable, lubed the ball end of the shift arm with the supplied grease, and reattached the bushing. With some difficulty. It's a really hard plastic, and a really tight fit. I had to finagle a screw clamp into the engine compartment and use that to pop it on. There's no way I ever could have done it with my hands.

    So... now the stick shifts again, but it's so stiff when moving side to side. As far as I can tell, the bushing that I replaced is, indeed, the one for side-to-side movement. I don't think the cable is sticking or bound, because it moved freely before I reattached the bushing. I did have to twist the cable slightly to get the bushing back onto the ball.
    That sounds too tight based on my experience. Mine popped on by hand with some difficulty.

    I know bushing fix used to have two options for the 500, a standard and a stiff. I don't see the stiff option anymore so I'll assume you have the same one I installed.

    Did the ball itself look OK once you got the old bushing off? If the ball has corrosion on it the movement in the bushing socket would likely be difficult like you said.

    Did you replace the other bushing? If so, was it equally difficult to install?

    If you can get the bushing off again try moving the linkage by hand, other than the resistance from the transmission it should move smoothly. If it doesn't you have a different, but related corrosion issue.

    Don't worry too much about cable twist. Theoretically you could take the twist out but at the cost of the shifter alignment. I haven't straightened mine to know how much it would shift it. The cables tend to stretch over time and due to their construction they also twist when this happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    That sounds too tight based on my experience. Mine popped on by hand with some difficulty.

    I know bushing fix used to have two options for the 500, a standard and a stiff. I don't see the stiff option anymore so I'll assume you have the same one I installed.
    I used this one.

    Did the ball itself look OK once you got the old bushing off? If the ball has corrosion on it the movement in the bushing socket would likely be difficult like you said.
    The ball was shiny and free of corrosion.

    Did you replace the other bushing? If so, was it equally difficult to install?
    I didn't. Or, I haven't yet. The battery pan is still out; I didn't want to reassemble the car before figuring this out. I've been considering replacing the other bushing, but it's still attached and seems okay, so I might just leave it alone.

    If you can get the bushing off again try moving the linkage by hand, other than the resistance from the transmission it should move smoothly. If it doesn't you have a different, but related corrosion issue.
    I'll try this. I don't look forward to getting that bushing off, though.

    The car has also been sitting for four weeks, so I guess that could be a factor.
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    They're tight going on, that's definitely not an unusual experience. I got around this after doing it so many times by applying a dab of silicone grease on the ball of the linkage. Your stiff shifting won't have anything to do with the bushing, that's just the pivot point where the cable pulls on the linkage. Either the linkage itself is corroded (the roll pin that it actuates tends to corrode and stick), or the cable is binding up somewhere that's upstream of the bushing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ice445 View Post
    They're tight going on, that's definitely not an unusual experience.
    Hmm, my memory might be failing me. It went on easier than the old one came off, that's all I remember. I definitely lubed both sides like you mention, that might be the difference. Thanks for your input.

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