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Old 05-08-2011, 02:46 PM
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How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

The Parts Manager at my dealership gave me a free part. It's the dust cover that's wrapped around the shifter. People are paying as much as $600 to $700 for the entire shifter assembly when that piece breaks and $1000 all together to put it in for you. The dealership replaced one on a WK two days prior to me calling and they just had the old shifter assembly laying around.

The belt/dust cover from my 05 WK was made from a silicon/rubber material. Terrible design flaw by Chrysler. The belt/dust cover the dealership gave me came off of a later model and it was made from plastic which causes less friction when sliding inside the shifter assembly.

I brought it home and went to work. Here's how it goes and excuse the mess from my deceased dog. I'm able to keep it clean now.

Tools:
-T-20 (torque bit, you can pick up the Allen set a Lowes for $10)
-Small flat head screwdriver (for wedging)

Time:
~15 minutes

Here is the piece I got for free.



1) Remove the chrome bezel from around the PRNDL bezel. It snaps right off so you can use a small flat head screw driver. I used my finger nails.





2) Remove the outer black bezel. It's a snap on part also.





3) Step could be done first or now. It doesn't matter. Turn the bottom of the shifter knob COUNTER CLOCKWISE. It should drop down. Once that is done, just yank the shifter knob straight up.



4) There are 4 silver screws. The 2 on the left are easy to locate. The 2 on the right are underneath the rubber piece in the tray. Remove it with you flat head screwdriver. Then remove the 4 screws with your T-20.





5) Use your flat head screwdriver to help remove the shifter wire harness.



6) Pull the PRNDL bezel up. You should now be able to remove the broken piece of rubber/silicone or whatever that piece of crap is. After that, feed the new piece through and be sure to line up the hole for the shifter rod. Do the steps in reverse to put it back together.





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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

great write up.....i would only add that you should diosconnect the negative terminal before messing with the electrical since we have seen how sensitive these wk's are/
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:22 PM
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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

Yeah. You are right although I didn't because I forget when I normally do.....lol.
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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

just to confirm....


guys with '4wd Lo' switch; DO WE NEED to remove the whole shifter to get at some screws underneath to remove this top part?
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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

i removed 3 screws and 2 plugs and it DO NOT come off for me.

is the ones with '4wd-LO' diff than the ones from the OP?

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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

i dont have a torx screwdriver in my house or else i would confirm this for you. i can run out the the garage later, but based off memory these are the screws and clips you need to remove.




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only the clips on the drivers side need to be removed

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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

thx matt. you dont have a 4wd Lo switch. neither does this write-up. thats what different.

to remove the one with 4wdLo there are 2 more bottom screws that are T15 that go under the 4wdLo switch BUT also hold the ESM to the top of the shifter.

i finally got it out./ i couldnt get to your FIRST PIC until these other 2 screws came out the bottom/
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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

My dealer might be dumb, but my shifter shorted awhile ago when i first got the car and they replaced the whole thing for $400
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Re: How To Replace Shifter Belt/Dust Cover.

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thx matt. you dont have a 4wd Lo switch. neither does this write-up. thats what different.

to remove the one with 4wdLo there are 2 more bottom screws that are T15 that go under the 4wdLo switch BUT also hold the ESM to the top of the shifter.

i finally got it out./ i couldnt get to your FIRST PIC until these other 2 screws came out the bottom/
i have a 4lo switch on my jeep, that is an extra shifter i had in my house HAHA i have removed mine a few times and they are the same steps. the 4lo switch actually slides out.
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My dealer might be dumb, but my shifter shorted awhile ago when i first got the car and they replaced the whole thing for $400
you could have bought mine for less than half that lol
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i have a 4lo switch on my jeep, that is an extra shifter i had in my house HAHA i have removed mine a few times and they are the same steps. the 4lo switch actually slides out.
ill show you some pics of mine Matt I had to remove the 2 screws holding the 4-lo sw in from the bottom. they went thru part of the base and HAD to be removed.
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