Land Rovers are tough and can take a beating. They are fun to drive and offer off-road navigation. They are ideal for drivers who want to get out and explore, but for it to stay in proper running condition, they need to be serviced regularly.
Keeping current on your maintenance schedule can help prevent gear selector bushing failure. The gear selector bushing is a rubber covering that helps you shift smoothly between gears. Over time, the rubber can wear out and fail.
The Function of the Gear Selector
The gear selector is an essential part of the transmission. It is positioned in between the driver’s seat and side passenger seat. The selector lets you shift between gears, and it is connected to the shifter assembly.
The gear selector receives a lot of use. Every time you drive your vehicle, you use it to switch between park, drive, reverse, neutral, etc. Due to repeated use and age, the gear selector bushing can fail. This leads to issues changing between gears.
Symptoms of Gear Selector Bushing Failure
The gear selector is an integral part of driving your car. When the bushing fails, shifting issues will arise. Some symptoms you may begin to notice are:
- Gear Selector is Loose: Once the bushing wears out, there will be slack. This will make the gear selector loose. It can wobble back and forth while driving and make it hard to select gears.
- Trouble Changing Gears: You should be able to shift between gears smoothly. If the bushing fails, the shifter will be loose. This can cause you to have a hard time switching between gears.
- Gears Will Not Engage: The bushing helps engage the gears. When the bushing is worn out, it will not be able to help engage the gears. To get the gears to engage you may need to apply more force.
- Burning Smell: When the bushing fails, it can cause damage to the transmission cable. This can produce a burning smell.
- Gear Indicator Showing Incorrect Gear: A damaged gear selector bushing can cause the gear indicator to show the incorrect gear.
- Cannot Put Car in Park: Gear selector bushing failure can make it difficult if not impossible to put your Land Rover in park. If your car will not engage in the park gear, you will not be able to remove the key or secure your vehicle from gravitational movement.
Replacing the Gear Selector Bushing
The gear selector bushing cannot be repaired, but it can be replaced. At Bavarian Auto, our team of master technicians has the latest factory tools and equipment available to handle all your Land Rover needs. This allows us to get your job done quickly and right the first time.
Many people will try to replace the bushing themselves, but once they start the job, they realize they do not have the specialized tools that are required to do the job. Save time and money by letting us handle your gear selector bushing failure.
Avoiding Gear Selector Bushing Failure
Without the gear selector, you will not be able to drive your vehicle. By staying current on your Land Rover’s maintenance schedule, you can help to prevent component failures. Many failures are preventable with proper care.
Many drivers put off regular maintenance because they think it is a waste of money. You may have to spend a little money upfront, but it will save you a lot in the future. Staying current on your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule will help prevent huge repair bills.
The Professional Service You Deserve
At Bavarian Auto, Inc., our staff has over 120 years of combined experience. We are a family-owned and operated company that understands the importance of treating our customers with the respect they deserve.
We are here for all your Land Rover service and maintenance needs. From routine maintenance to major repairs. Our master technicians are experts in their field and can diagnose any issue you may be having and get you back on the road quickly and safely.
If you are experiencing issues with your gear selector, do not wait to have your Land Rover serviced. You May have a bad gear selector busing or the cable may be stretched. At Bavarian Auto, we proudly serve drivers throughout the areas of Ooltewah, Hixson and Chattanooga, TN. Call us today.