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Why is the gear stick in my 2015 Holden Colorado wobbly?

Asked by Kelly

My Holden Colorado 2015 manual has a very wobbly gear stick. As in, it is hard to know where you are during shifting. Is this a problem with linkages or the bushes on the gear stick? Cheers in advance

Answered by CarsGuide

22 Jul 2021 David Morley

You’re on the right track by asking about the gear-stick and its linkages; either of those two things is almost certain to be the cause of your problem. The gearstick itself needs to pivot in two planes, so there’s always scope for wear to develop in those joints and create the sloppy shift action you’re experiencing. In fact, because the shifter on your car bolts directly on to the gearbox – with no external linkages – wear in the shifter pivots is a very good bet as the cause.

You can remove the shift lever, take it apart and replace the bushes that allow the shifter to move and select each gear. That should tighten up the shift action and give you much better feel for what’s going on. The other possibility is that the shifter has become loose where it bolts on to the gearbox, or the rubber gasket that sits between the shifter and the transmission has perished or failed, allowing movement to occur.

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