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Old 10-13-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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"loose" shifter

I have a 97 3 series, and there is a alot of lateral play in the shifter. almost as if the tranny shifts sloppy i replaced the old rubber bushing for new urethane ones but there is still lot of play in the shifter, less then before , but its still there. any ideas? thankss
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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could the bolts be worn?

where did you buy the bushings?
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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Hey Im glad you posted this question because i have a 1993 3 series and i have the same exact problem, and i cant quite figure it out. I thought maybe it would be the transmission but its hard to say, I havent tried to change anything yet.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:07 PM   #4
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i bought the bushings from tms, i think i found the answers to my problem or anyone else experiencing "sloppy shifts" with this link,
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:12 PM   #5
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shifter bushing ALWAYS!

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Old 10-14-2009, 10:17 AM   #6
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Most likly the bushing around the ball at the base of your shrifter.
While your changing it might as well change them all below the car as well, it's only about 20 bucks for all of them including the ruber at the stealers.
A time consuming job.
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