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Old 12-04-2016, 07:40 PM   #1
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Question Stiff gear selector lever?

Hi folks,
My new to me 1999 Flair has a fairly stiff speed gear selector lever, much more difficult to move than in any full size vans or pickups that I have ever driven. Is this normal in the F53 chassis? I was trying to disconnect the shifter cable from the selector in the tranny, but it didn't seem to want to come off very easily, so I left it alone. I was trying to prove whether the friction is in the cable or not.
Any experience out there on this problem, or is it a problem at all?
Thanks for all responses.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:39 PM   #2
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shift cable

My experience with shift cables water has gotten in the cable and caused rust, you will need to replace the cable
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:14 PM   #3
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Gear Shift Cable on F53 replaced!!!

Hi folks,
Finally finished the replacement of the gear shift cable on my 99 Fleetwood Flair F53 chassis. The OEM cable is not available, as many of you are aware of, so I had to source a cable and fabricate a bracket at the transmission end to fit the cable.
The cable was sourced from Cablecraft.com, it's a Cablecraft EXT 314VTT-3-108, beautifully crafted piece of equipment. The ends are ball joint clips SC103. Total cost with shipping to NY 13094 was $115 US.
I also made a sheath for the cable out of 2" manifold fiberglass tape, to protect the section that goes from the tranny up to the first cable clamp at the rear of the cylinder head from the manifold heat.
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