AlanMcR wrote:Thanks for the pictures! Mine is definitely due for a cleaning.
How easy is it to get this switch out? Does the shifter need to be removed first?
Also, was there any contact grease on the sliding contacts? Hard to tell from the pictures.
The shift selector is easy to remove from the car, 10 minutes, then the replacement and or serving can performed on a bench.
Removal of shift selector 463 <2002.
Hand brake on, transmission placed in N.
Lift up and rotate TC leather sifter boot.
Remove 1 screw securing the wooden shift/switch panel at the aft end.
Remove transmission shift handle.
Lift up the aft end of wooden shift/switch panel slightly to remove trim ring around shift selector.
Slide the front lip of this panel aft, lift, rotate, and place to the side with wires connected.
Remove 4 bolts securing shift selector to body. 2 10mm and 2 inhex/ Allen.
Remove 3 wire connectors from the shift selector.
Now under the car with a straight screwdriver and needle nosed plier to remove the shift linkage clip.
Remove shift selector to work on bench.
Depending on what service is required on shift selector plan on 10-45 minutes. 8mm and a few small flat head screwdrivers to release plastic clips and use as gentle pry bars. If you are going this far it makes sense to reference the exploded diagram to clean and regrease the mechanism.
Disassemble shift selector.
Place sifter in R.
Remove plastic cover over shift interlock, 2 8mm screws.
Remove wooden shift selector trim.
Remove the plastic PRND4321.
Lift up the electronic shift module and remove to replace or service.
Continue with disassemblely, clean and lube of mechanical parts of shifter, if needed.
The electronic shift module can be split open using small screw drivers to release clips and pry apart. No nasty springs or small parts will go flying out. The contacts on mine pictured has well defined score marks from corresponding spring contacts, I bent those out for increased tension and up for slightly different contact on the circuit board. I hosed down with electronic cleaner, it may be a good idea to put some dielectric grease on the contacts as well? I didn’t notice any grease on disassembly on the contacts. This is a 210 part number, about $120, replacement was my choice, but if you spilled your drink and it just needs a clean?
Reassembly is the reverse. Use the parts diagram. Tip, the electronic shift module has a reference for “R”, align shifter pin and module to “R” on reassembly, placing the pin into Y shaped groove on switch.
Hope this helps.