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Shifter Problem

11-06-2007, 07:39 PM
I have a HHR with a 5 speed manual. The problem is that if I shit to quickly the shifter may not allow selection of the desired gear. I usuall end up in neutral and can not get into any gear but if I move the shifter to the original gear then shift to the desired gear.

Just so you know I have been driving sitck for more than 40 years, I have only had one automatic in that time.

The are fine so the problem is the shifter or something in the trans.

I would change the shifter but I have not seen an after market shifter for The HHR. Will a sifter from a Saturn work I have had no issues with my 97 SL2.

Any suggestion are appreciated

alan &marge pepper
11-07-2007, 04:21 PM
your hydrulic cylinder is not releasing your clutch as fast as it should.
check to see if this is whats happening. i am kind of guessing here for i do not have a manual to check for you.

11-11-2007, 08:52 AM
alan &marge pepper (

Thanks for the reply. I don't think you are correct since it seem to be the speed of moving the lever. I will check and maybe bleed the clutch.

Does anyone have a diagram of the internals of the shifter? It may pinpoint an area to look into.

11-18-2008, 07:17 PM
Hello, I resently had to have my 5-speed shifter replaced due to an annoying sqeacking sound that had developed. However, my HHR is a 2007 and the replacement that they used felt like it was lower that the original. Upon inspection of my vehicle to other 07's I found I was correct. I was told by the dealer that the one they installed was the only one offered. Due to the fact that the 09 console is higher that mine is what makes up the difference. Me personnelly - I like the lower shifter. Feels better to me and I can get to my window controls eaiser. Wife has reservations about it - but then again she doesn't get to drive it that much. TTFN - Tigger

03-15-2010, 08:05 AM
The problem with the shifter has been resolved. After living with this problem for so long I decided to by an after market shifter. During the installation the root cause of the problem was evident. While disassembling the shifter the housing for the cable popped up and out of the slot that should have held it fast to the shifter housing. This is the part of the cable that must be stationary so the cable is anchored allowing the center of the cable to push and pull.

When it was time to reassemble the cable into the housing I was able to snap the cable in place and seat it properly. This mean it was never installed properly. It is shifting great now.

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